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An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand

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Program #16434RJ
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JANET S REED Dec 03, 2014 at 04:04 PM

Is anyone going on An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand Mar 5-Apr 4, 2015? I'm in Chicago.
Judy Haran Dec 19, 2014 at 11:15 PM

We are. Judy and Victor in Florida.
JANET S REED Dec 25, 2014 at 04:53 PM

Looking forward to meeting you. Should be a great adventure!


Karen Karlseberger Nov 29, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Is anyone going on the An Odyssey Down Under: Australia and New Zealand
Program: 16434
Feb 19, 2015 - Mar 21, 2015


Anne Napier Nov 28, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Just got back on Nov.22nd. It was the trip of a life time. My first RS trip but hopefully there will be more. I definitely would plan on a face net , shop at Uluru has them. Pack as light as possible, makes it easier on you. I had a mid size suitcase that I was able to handle by myself and a back pack. Bring a small shoulder purse for outings when you don't need the pack. If you can, bring quick dry clothes that you can wash in room. I had a travel clothes line and did a few items every couple of days. bring clothes pins and a small bottle of liquid detergent. Comfortable shoes are a must including a good pair of closed toes sandals, such as Keens or Tevas, also sun screen, a good protective hat and sun glasses . Opera house is a little casual but definitely no shorts. Pack warm weather clothes as it will be HOT in several places. ENJOY it as much as I did .
Anne Thomson Nov 29, 2014 at 02:04 PM

Anne - why does one need a pair of closed toed sandals?
Anne Napier Nov 29, 2014 at 06:45 PM

It's not a necessity but helps keep the pebbles out from under your feet. And they usually come with really good support. I had apair of sketchers with me and after walking all day I changed the type of shoe I wore. If you wear Croc sandals I'd pack them , they are light wt and can be worn anyplace.
Sharon Koscik Nov 30, 2014 at 02:33 PM

Thanks for the information on what to pack! I'm packing light too. One month to go!



would anyone going on the odyssey down under be interested in getting me a kangaroo hat. I had one and lost it from my trip last year. if interested leave me a note and I will give you my email address.


David Jones Nov 24, 2014 at 05:38 PM

We will be part of the program starting on Jan. 2. We have read Bill Bryson's "A Sunburned Country" and found it very entertaining. Is there anything else that is a "must" read before we depart? We are getting excited.
David Berkenbilt Nov 24, 2014 at 07:00 PM

The PBS series "Wild Australasia" was aired some time ago but may still be available from the website. It gave an excellent insight into the wildlife. However, the program is beautifully set up, and you'll have excelent orientation sessions each time you move to a new place, and the program description in the book, will make more sense after you've toured that part of the program.
Jo Ann Orsborn Nov 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Recommendations: THE BONE PEOPLE, THE FATAL SHORE, mysteries by Arthur Upfield


Anne Thomson Nov 11, 2014 at 06:18 PM

Thanks Jo Ann - I will take your advice. Don't worry about shorts - at my age I don't wear them anymore!!!


Chris Cannon Nov 11, 2014 at 05:59 PM

The opera house was casual. Jo Ann's ideas below are perfect. We took bug nets for Uluru but did not find them necessary. Flies were a bit pesty, but not overwhelming. Agree with David (below) to avoid shorts at the opera house.
David Berkenbilt Nov 11, 2014 at 07:32 PM

Flies were a bit pesty, but I found my bug net useful. We were told that after rain, the flies are awful. Our weather was dry, but it's unpredictable. The winter is a rainy season (Nov-March) I'd say bring a bug net, just in case. One shop in Australia had them for Au$6.00. (US$ about $5.00)
David Berkenbilt Nov 11, 2014 at 07:38 PM

Oops, Summer is rainy season Nov-March. Google "rainy season in australia" for more detail.


Jo Ann Orsborn Nov 11, 2014 at 03:34 PM

I always take a blackt-shirt and a bright scarf for any "dressy" occasion. These countries are very casual.
Sharon Koscik Nov 11, 2014 at 03:41 PM

Thanks. Did you need a bug net for your face at any point?
Maureen Kody Nov 12, 2014 at 09:17 PM

Only in Alice Springs/Uluru area..


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