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Program #3228RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
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.
Elevation Note
7,000 - 9,000 feet at some sites; up to 10,000 feet in small aircraft between sites.

Itinerary for Oct 16 — Oct 31, 2014

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Day One: Thursday, October 16 - International Flight from Los Angeles to Papua Ne...
Depart From: Depart Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) late night

Day Two: Friday, October 17 - Cross International Date line
In Transit Overnight: In flight to Australia for transfer to Papua New Guinea

Type: Lodge

Description: Malolo Plantation Lodge boasts a picturesque seaside setting which looks out over the Bismark Sea with the active volcano of KarKar on the horizon. The lodge is the size that allows personalised service and the small touches that really count. Just under one hour's drive north of Madang, this redeveloped former coconut plantation boasts a relaxed South Pacific style with its extensive lawns and gardens reaching down to the waterfront.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 413
Madang, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 852 1662
Room amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private facilities within a grand colonial style plantation house.

Facility amenities: Malolo Plantation Lodge has fourteen air-conditioned rooms, tennis court, dive facilities, restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and beautiful extensive lawns and gardens.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, October 18 - Arrive Madang, Papua New Guinea
Arrive To: Arrive Brisbane connect to flight to Port Moresby and take short flight to Madang, PNG.

Afternoon: From Port Moresby, take a short flight and arrive in Madang, Papua, New Guinea. Transfer to and check-in upon arrival at lodge. After check-in, there will be a brief Orientation and familiarization with the Lodge and activities.

Dinner: Welcome Dinner- Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room

Evening: Free Evening to rest and relax from the long journey.

Lodging: Malolo Plantation Lodge

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Malolo Plantation Lodge boasts a picturesque seaside setting which looks out over the Bismark Sea with the active volcano of KarKar on the horizon. The lodge is the size that allows personalised service and the small touches that really count. Just under one hour's drive north of Madang, this redeveloped former coconut plantation boasts a relaxed South Pacific style with its extensive lawns and gardens reaching down to the waterfront.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 413
Madang, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 852 1662
Room amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private facilities within a grand colonial style plantation house.

Facility amenities: Malolo Plantation Lodge has fourteen air-conditioned rooms, tennis court, dive facilities, restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and beautiful extensive lawns and gardens.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, October 19 - Hululan Plantation & Guided Nature Walk/Snorkelin...
Breakfast: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Field Trip to Hululan Plantation where we'll visit a local cocoa and copra (dried coconut) factory.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch.

Afternoon: Field Trip From Hululan Plantation, we take a leisurely stroll along the lagoon to Rempi Village for a traditional welcome sing sing, and an outrigger canoe ride across the small lagoon to Tadwai Island. We take a guided nature walk around this advanced coral cay, then to finish off the day, snorkeling in the sheltered lagoon-weather permitting. Return to the Lodge for Social Hour and participate in a Madang Question & Answer Session.

Dinner: Malolo Plantation Dining Room Lodge

Evening: Briefing on Next Day's Activities.

Lodging: Malolo Plantation Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Malolo Plantation Lodge boasts a picturesque seaside setting which looks out over the Bismark Sea with the active volcano of KarKar on the horizon. The lodge is the size that allows personalised service and the small touches that really count. Just under one hour's drive north of Madang, this redeveloped former coconut plantation boasts a relaxed South Pacific style with its extensive lawns and gardens reaching down to the waterfront.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 413
Madang, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 852 1662
Room amenities: All rooms are air conditioned with private facilities within a grand colonial style plantation house.

Facility amenities: Malolo Plantation Lodge has fourteen air-conditioned rooms, tennis court, dive facilities, restaurant, bar and lounge, freshwater swimming pool and beautiful extensive lawns and gardens.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, October 20 - North Coast Villages
Breakfast: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Morning field trip along the North Coast Road to Sokaka Village, a beautiful place located a few miles inland, where you will meet people that live in traditional fashion and learn about how plants and trees are used for making herbal medicine for the village. From here we proceed to Sugar Village – a very large and traditional village right on the coastline beach, where we'll observe a demonstration of traditional canoe making techniques.

Lunch: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room

Afternoon: Free afternoon to rest, relax and prepare for tomorrow's early morning departure. Social Hour before dinner.

Dinner: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room

Evening: Briefing on Next Day's Activities. Settle personal room charges at Lodge and prepare for early morning departure

Lodging: Malolo Plantation Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Situated at 7100 feet above sea level and sporting magnificent views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, it is the pinnacle of luxury in a rural setting. Only 30 minutes drive from the major centre of Mount Hagen, it offers convenience for guests, while still offering the unique and unforgettable ecological and cultural experiences.Rondon Ridge is also on the edge of an untouched karst region, with ten species of Bird of Paradise and an unspoiled environment; there is ample opportunity for those wishing to get up close and personal with the unique ecology of this area.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Rondon Ridge has twelve tastefully furnished rooms with modern bathrooms, warmed beds and quilts for those chilly highlands nights.

Facility amenities: Power is supplied by its own hydro system, providing uninterrupted clean electricity. Business and conference visitors will have access to a fully functioning conference room equipped with digital project for presentations.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, October 21 - Fly to Mount Hagen/Paiagona Village/Introduction ...
Fly to Mount Hagen/Paiagona Village/Introduction to the Highlands Region/ "First Contact"

Breakfast: Malolo Plantation Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Early morning hotel Check-out and departure to airport. Fly to Port Moresby and catch a connecting flight to Mount Hagen. Arrive in Mount Hagen and proceed to a village study program which includes a traditional mumu where local foods cooked traditionally can be tasted. Depart for an hour scenic drive to Rondon Ridge Lodge.

Lunch: Late lunch at Rondon Ridge

Afternoon: Attend an Orientation and Introduction to the highlands region before viewing an educational video - "First Contact". A briefing on the Next Day's Activities will be conducted before Social Hour.

Dinner: Rondon Ridge Dining Room

Lodging: Rondon Ridge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Situated at 7100 feet above sea level and sporting magnificent views of the incredible Wahgi Valley, it is the pinnacle of luxury in a rural setting. Only 30 minutes drive from the major centre of Mount Hagen, it offers convenience for guests, while still offering the unique and unforgettable ecological and cultural experiences.Rondon Ridge is also on the edge of an untouched karst region, with ten species of Bird of Paradise and an unspoiled environment; there is ample opportunity for those wishing to get up close and personal with the unique ecology of this area.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Rondon Ridge has twelve tastefully furnished rooms with modern bathrooms, warmed beds and quilts for those chilly highlands nights.

Facility amenities: Power is supplied by its own hydro system, providing uninterrupted clean electricity. Business and conference visitors will have access to a fully functioning conference room equipped with digital project for presentations.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, October 22 - Birding/The Melpa People/ "Joe Leahy's Neighbors"...
Birding/The Melpa People/ "Joe Leahy's Neighbors"/Village Visit/"Ongka's Big Moka"

Breakfast: Rondon Ridge Dining Room

Morning: Pre-breakfast Optional Activity - Wake-up early and do some Birding in the nearby forest before returning to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast attend a class on The Melpa People and view the video "Joe Leahy's Neighbors" - a follow-up to "First Contact".

Lunch: Rondon Ridge Dining Room

Afternoon: Take a Field Trip to a local village and learn more about the daily life and culture of the Melpa people. Return to the lodge and watch the educational video "Ongka's Big Moka" - a glimpse into the traditional way of life in Kawelka a New Guinea village, and the "Moka" ceremony of Ongka, the village leader. Briefing on the Next Day's Activities followed by Social Hour.

Dinner: Rondon Ridge Dining Room

Lodging: Rondon Ridge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". This live-aboard vessel was built in 1989 along the lines of the traditional and sacred spirit house. Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced programs and even more comfort. Returning travelers will note the updated decor. As for the Sepik Spirit's renowned hospitality, some new flourishes have been added. From their base on the Sepik Spirit, guests explore the Sepik River and the connecting tributaries and lakes on eighteen seat jet-boats. These boats have shallow drafts and the ability to maneuver where large vessels cannot go

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Kaminimbit I, Papua New Guinea
phone: + 675 542 1438
Room amenities: The 9 deluxe and spacious twin bedrooms each have a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Facilities aboard also include a dining room, lounge, bar, video and covered upper observatory deck. The entire vessel is air conditioned.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, October 23 - Flight to Timbunke/ Arrive at Sepik River/Village...
Flight to Timbunke/ Arrive at Sepik River/Village Visit/Introduction to the Sepik River Region

Note: NOTE: Villages visited will depend upon river levels. There will be a combination of villages in the Black Water Lakes and the Iatmul people of the Sepik River.

Breakfast: Rondon Ridge Dining Room

Morning: Pack, settle bills, relax before check-out of Rondon Ridge. Charter flight to Timbunke. Transfer by riverboat to the floating lodge, Sepik Spirit, based at Kaminimbit I. Inspired by the architecture of the "haus tambaran" or spirit house, the MV Sepik Spirit has a truly unique design. The transfer takes 2 hours, with a slow cruise on jet boats. Relax and enjoy the scenery on the main Sepik river.

Lunch: Aboard the Sepik Spirit

Afternoon: Field Trip to Kaminimbit I, Kaminimbit II and Kororua in the middle Sepik. - Note all jet boat cruises will to the different areas will take approximately 2 and a half hours one way, depending on traffic. If the river traffic is not too busy, it will take less time. There will be a discussion on the day’s experiences, a briefing on the next day’s activities, and a talk on various aspects of the culture, art and village life

Dinner: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.

Evening: Optional educational documentary video

Lodging: Sepik Spirit

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". This live-aboard vessel was built in 1989 along the lines of the traditional and sacred spirit house. Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced programs and even more comfort. Returning travelers will note the updated decor. As for the Sepik Spirit's renowned hospitality, some new flourishes have been added. From their base on the Sepik Spirit, guests explore the Sepik River and the connecting tributaries and lakes on eighteen seat jet-boats. These boats have shallow drafts and the ability to maneuver where large vessels cannot go

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Kaminimbit I, Papua New Guinea
phone: + 675 542 1438
Room amenities: The 9 deluxe and spacious twin bedrooms each have a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Facilities aboard also include a dining room, lounge, bar, video and covered upper observatory deck. The entire vessel is air conditioned.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Friday, October 24 - Village Visits
Note: NOTE: Villages visited will depend upon river levels. There will be a combination of villages in the Black Water Lakes and the Iatmul people of the Sepik River.

Breakfast: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.

Morning: Field Trip: Village visits to study the cultures, art forms, traditions and daily life. (Itinerary as the river levels permits during cruise). The Sepik River is one of the largest rivers in the world - in terms of flow. Steeped in mystery, the peoples of the Sepik area have fascinated anthropologists like Margaret Mead since the area was first visited. Part of the mystery and attraction of the Sepik people is their amazing carvings, now famous the world over. After breakfast, begin your voyage of discovery into the mystical world of the Sepik with a slow jet boat cruise to the Upper Middle Sepik. Visit Palembie, Yentchen and Kangaman

Lunch: Aboard the Sepik Spirit or a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Village visits continue before returning to the Sepik Spirit for a class and a Briefing on the Next Day's Activities.

Dinner: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.

Evening: Optional educational documentary video

Lodging: Sepik Spirit

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Other

Description: The Sepik Spirit is a deluxe "floating Lodge". This live-aboard vessel was built in 1989 along the lines of the traditional and sacred spirit house. Originally commissioned as a vessel for cruising the Sepik and Karawari Rivers, the Sepik Spirit is now permanently moored at a strategic site on the Sepik River. In its new role as a "floating lodge" fixed in the middle Sepik, the Sepik Spirit offers greater booking flexibility, enhanced programs and even more comfort. Returning travelers will note the updated decor. As for the Sepik Spirit's renowned hospitality, some new flourishes have been added. From their base on the Sepik Spirit, guests explore the Sepik River and the connecting tributaries and lakes on eighteen seat jet-boats. These boats have shallow drafts and the ability to maneuver where large vessels cannot go

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Kaminimbit I, Papua New Guinea
phone: + 675 542 1438
Room amenities: The 9 deluxe and spacious twin bedrooms each have a private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Facilities aboard also include a dining room, lounge, bar, video and covered upper observatory deck. The entire vessel is air conditioned.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Saturday, October 25 - Village Visits
Note: NOTE: Villages visited will depend upon river levels. There will be a combination of villages in the Black Water Lakes and the Iatmul people of the Sepik River.

Breakfast: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.

Morning: Continue Field Trip visits to accessible villages to see their Sing-sings, cultures and art. (Itinerary as the river levels permits during cruise) Continue your journey of exploration to the Chambri Lakes. In this region are rarely visited villages where the spirit world and the people’s everyday life merge in a fascinating mixture of ceremonies, carving and haus tambarans. Visit Aibom, Wombon and Krimbit villages in the area.

Lunch: Aboard the Sepik Spirit or picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Field Trip continues before returning to the Sepik Spirit. Attend a class before a Briefing on Next Day's Activities.

Dinner: Aboard the Sepik Spirit.

Evening: Optional educational documentary video

Lodging: Sepik Spirit

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located at 7000 feet in the Tari Gap area borders on pristine mid montane rainforest at the beginning of the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the nature trails - cross traditional vine bridges, discover a secluded waterfall, and spot high altitude orchids and rhododendrons.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Tari, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Guests are accommodated in thirty individual units set in a sea of flowers, each unit featuring 180 degree picture windows, modern bathroom, and electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.

Facility amenities: The Lodge features Highlands architecture with a main building housing the lounge, bar, dining room, and a cozy center fireplace. Separate are the video room, heated spa, and sauna. Ambua generates electricity from its own mini hydro electric power plant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eleven: Sunday, October 26 - Chartered Flight to Tari/Huli Wigmen/ Sun Worship...
Chartered Flight to Tari/Huli Wigmen/ Sun Worshippers/Orientation/ Social Hour/"Attenborough in Paradise"

Breakfast: Aboard the Sepik Spirit

Morning: Early morning Check-out and departure to the airport for flight to Tari. Arrive in Tari and head to Akau. Meet the Huli men and visit the Huli Wigman School. Learn about their initiation rites, wig growing and other aspects of their colorful culture. Then visit the Sun Worshippers to learn about their history and witness their ceremonies.

Lunch: Late lunch.

Afternoon: Check into Ambua Lodge. Orientation and a Briefing on Next Day's Activities followed by Social Hour .

Dinner: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Evening: Optional Educational Video - "Attenborough in Paradise"

Lodging: Ambua Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located at 7000 feet in the Tari Gap area borders on pristine mid montane rainforest at the beginning of the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the nature trails - cross traditional vine bridges, discover a secluded waterfall, and spot high altitude orchids and rhododendrons.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Tari, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Guests are accommodated in thirty individual units set in a sea of flowers, each unit featuring 180 degree picture windows, modern bathroom, and electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.

Facility amenities: The Lodge features Highlands architecture with a main building housing the lounge, bar, dining room, and a cozy center fireplace. Separate are the video room, heated spa, and sauna. Ambua generates electricity from its own mini hydro electric power plant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Twelve: Monday, October 27 - Birding/Huli Village/The Huli / "The Mendi"
Breakfast: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Pre-breakfast Optional Activity - Wake-up early and take a short bus trip to do some Birding and search for the elusive Bird of Paradise before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Field Trip after breakfast to the village of Aluakambe where you will be welcomed by a Sing-sing, observe a face painting demonstration, and visit the Village of the Spirit Dancers.

Lunch: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Afternoon: After lunch, attend class: "The Huli - Customs, Weapons, and Warfare", including a demonstration of the firing of a traditional bow and arrow. Briefing on Next Day's Activities followed by Social Hour before dinner.

Dinner: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Evening: Educational video viewing this evening of "The Mendi" - A study of the Mendhi tribe of Papua New Guinea. .

Lodging: Ambua Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Lodge

Description: Located at 7000 feet in the Tari Gap area borders on pristine mid montane rainforest at the beginning of the valley grasslands. This location promises the visitor eternal spring weather and magnificent views of the Tari Valley. The forest canopy, a dense mass of interlocking tree tops of all shades of green and the occasional bright splash of color, provides a natural setting and an exhilarating climate for venturing along the nature trails - cross traditional vine bridges, discover a secluded waterfall, and spot high altitude orchids and rhododendrons.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 371
Tari, Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 542 1438
Room amenities: Guests are accommodated in thirty individual units set in a sea of flowers, each unit featuring 180 degree picture windows, modern bathroom, and electric blankets and continental quilts for the cool highland evenings.

Facility amenities: The Lodge features Highlands architecture with a main building housing the lounge, bar, dining room, and a cozy center fireplace. Separate are the video room, heated spa, and sauna. Ambua generates electricity from its own mini hydro electric power plant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, October 28 - Birding/Tomalia Village/"Bower Birds"
Breakfast: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Pre-breakfast Optional Activity - Wake-up early and take a short bus trip to do some Birding before returning to the lodge for breakfast. An All-Day Field Trip will take you to Tomalia Village where traditional cultural dances, ceremonies, and rituals will be performed by village men and boys.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch.

Afternoon: Tomalia Village Field Trip continues before returning to the Lodge. Free time followed by Social Hour and Departure Briefing.

Dinner: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Lodging: Ambua Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: In close proximity to Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby, the Airways Hotel is Australasia's leading airport hotel and one of the most unique airport hotels in the world. With stunning views from crystal clear waters of Bootless Bay to the majestic mountains of the Owen Stanley Ranges, this treasure is nestled into the mountainside and even has its own botanical gardens.

Contact info:
Jacksons Parade
Port Moresby, 121 Papua New Guinea
phone: +675 324 5200
web: www.airways.com.pg

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Wednesday, October 29 - Fly to Port Moresby/Overview of Port Moresby
Breakfast: Ambua Lodge Dining Room

Morning: Check-out of Lodge and depart to airport for flight to Port Moresby. Arrive Port Moresby. Half Day Field trip of Port Moresby and Surrounds. Includes the Parliament House and its grounds, Botanical Gardens, and the Bomana Ware Cemetery.

Lunch: At a Port Moresby restaurant.

Afternoon: Transfer to hotel and Check-in. Free Afternoon to relax and rest

Dinner: Farewell Dinner- Bacchus Restaurant, Airways Hotel

Evening: Free time to relax, rest, and prepare for next morning early departure.

Lodging: Airways Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Nestled along the Brisbane River, in the heart of the city, Mercure Brisbane completed a multi-million dollar room renovation. The quintessential ‘River City’ hotel boasts some of the most spectacular views Brisbane has to offer. The hotel's refurbished interiors reflect the Brisbane area’s local character through the use of vibrant colors and emblazoned black and white imagery of the river on the bed heads. The hotel is just steps from the Queen Street Mall - Brisbane’s best shopping, the central business district, Treasury Casino and Queensland Performing Arts Centre. A stones throw away from the renowned cultural precinct of South Bank Parklands, home to the Queensland Art Gallery, internationally acclaimed Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre and 16 hectares of cafes, restaurants, cycle paths, gardens and weekend markets.

Contact info:
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane, QL, 4000 Australia
phone: +61732372300
web: www.mercurebrisbane.com.au

Room amenities: •Individually controlled air conditioning •Remote controlled television •Television internet access •High speed wired/wireless internet access •Pay to view latest release movies •Tea and coffee making facilities •Mini bar •Clock radio •Direct dial local, STD and ISD telephone •Shower over bath •Shaver outlets and razor adaptors •Hairdryer •Iron and ironing board •Security electronic key card system •Additional modem point

Facility amenities: •4 hour reception •Quays Restaurant and Bar •Business center •Outdoor swimming pool and sauna •Meeting and conference facilities •High speed wired/wireless internet access •Laundry and dry cleaning services (charges apply) •100% Non-smoking hotel from January 1st 2011 •Porter service •Luggage storage •Concierge •24 hour in-room dining •Safety deposit boxes •Currency exchange

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

Elevator: Yes

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Thursday, October 30 - Fly to Brisbane/Overnight Brisbane/Free time
Breakfast: Bacchus Restaurant- Airways Hotel

Morning: Check-out of hotel and depart for airport. Fly to Brisbane, Australia. Arrive late morning, transfer to hotel and check in.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore beautiful Brisbane on your own.

Dinner: Dinner will be on your own.

Lodging: Mercure Hotel Brisbane

Meals Included: Breakfast
Day Sixteen: Friday, October 31 - Fly Brisbane to Los Angeles
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Check out of hotel and transfer to airport.

In Transit Overnight: Fly Brisbane to Los Angeles. Cross International date line. You will arrive in Los Angeles on the day you departed.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Brisbane
Lone Pine Koala SanctuaryLone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the first and largest koala sanctuary in the world. Set in attractive natural settings located on the Brisbane river, over 130 koalas live here, alongside kangaroos, dingoes, wombats and many other Australian natives. You can cuddle a koala any time through out the day and have your photo taken. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary was established in 1927 with just two koalas and is now home to over 130 koalas. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of Australian wildlife with shows and activities presented daily. Hand feed 130 kangaroos and wallabies in the 2-acre reserve, handfeed wild Rainbow lorikeets twice a day all in a natural setting on the Brisbane River. If your feeling brave you can have your photo taken holding a snake or baby crocodile! Afterwards watch the amazing birds of prey fly high and swoop low in the free flight shows and then have your photo taken with an owl or wedge tailed eagle after the show.
For additional information, visit: www.koala.net
Queensland MuseumQueensland Museum is a museum of natural history, cultural heritage, science and human achievement that tells the changing story of Queensland. The Museum houses permanent and changing exhibitions and also provides in-depth education experiences, innovative public programs, early childhood activities and entertaining holiday activities. We aim to connect visitors to Queensland, its people and Queensland’s place in the world - past, present and future, through exhibitions, displays and public programs.
For additional information, visit: www.southbank.qm.qld.gov.au/
Port Moresby
Port Moresby Nature ParkPort Moresby Nature Park (formally the National Capital Botanical Gardens) is PNG's only combined botanical and zoological parks and gardens dedicated to the promotion of PNG's flora and fauna. A number of major upgrades occurred over the last 16months and will continue to occur over the next few years. The park is home to many native animals including bird of paradise, tree-kangaroos, wallabies, snakes, crocodiles, hornbills and multiple parrot species. The grounds offer a lush change from the hustle and bustle of Port Moresby City and is home to the only tract of rainforest within the Capital City District and the only place in the world to showcase all three-species of cassowaries in a world-class boardwalk and display facility.Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconias and native timber tree species are found within the grounds which also include three main picnic areas available for hire. Bookings essential, particularly on weekends as often facilities are fully booked. The Park is home to over 11,000 orchids, many of which are native to PNG.
For additional information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/PortMoresbyNaturePark

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