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Great Australian Train Trek

Program Number: 3110RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/4/2014 - 10/30/2014; 2/14/2015 - 3/12/2015;
Duration: 26 nights
Location: Australia
Price starting at: $13,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Train Treks
Meals: 68; 24 Breakfasts, 24 Lunches, 20 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Journeying by railway allows you to truly take in the vastness of Australia, the views out your window encompassing amazing natural beauty and fascinating human history. On an extraordinary four-week journey learn about the best this immense island continent has to offer.




Highlights

• Journey on Australia’s two iconic trains: the Indian Pacific across the Nullarbor Plain and the Ghan from Darwin to Alice Springs.
• Encounter Kakadu National Park’s fascinating animals and stunning plant life.
• Attend a performance at the iconic Sydney Opera House.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to three miles per day; some uneven terrain & unavoidable stairs.




Date Specific Information

10-4-2014, 2-14-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrive Sydney, 3 nights; fly to Perth, 3 nights; board Indian Pacific train, 2 nights; arrive Adelaide, 1 night; coach & ferry to Kangaroo Island, 1 night; fly to Adelaide, 2 nights; fly to Darwin and coach to Kakadu National Park, 2 nights; coach to Darwin, 2 nights; board the Ghan train, 1 night; arrive Alice Springs, 2 nights; coach to Uluru/Ayers Rock, 1 night; fly to Cairns, 3 nights; fly to Sydney, 1 night; depart to USA.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Cross International Dateline
1 night
Arrival Sydney
3 nights

Go inside the iconic Sydney Opera House guided by an expert and also attend a live performance "in the house" one evening. Meet Australia’s unique wildlife at Taronga Park Zoo and take in the wonderful views of Sydney Harbour and the city it affords. Take a boat excursion on the magnificent Sydney Harbour for a unique view of the city.



Fly to Perth
3 nights
Board Indian Pacific train
2 nights

Enjoy a lecture on what makes Western Australia unique and learn why it is booming. Observe the flora and fauna of Rottnest Island and visit the Maritime Museum in Fremantle. On the Indian Pacific train, marvel at Nullarbor Plain, a single piece of limestone covering 77,000 square miles.



Arrive Adelaide
1 night
Coach & Ferry to Kangaroo Island
1 night
Fly to Adelaide
2 nights

Visit the charming and picturesque Kangaroo Island, surrounded by its local fauna and discover why this is such an idyllic part of Australia. Explore Adelaide, a planned city of many verdant parks. Visit a vineyard and a cooperage in the renowned Barossa Valley. Discover why South Australia is renowned for its food.



Fly to Darwin
Coach to Kakadu National Park
2 nights
Coach to Darwin
2 nights
Board the Ghan train
1 night

In Kakadu National Park, examine aboriginal rock art at a sacred site and spot wildlife including crocodiles on a wetlands cruise. In Darwin discover the effect of Australia's northernmost city being closer to numerous Asian capitals than it is to the Australian capital, Canberra. Take an excursion from the train on Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Ride The Ghan through the spectacular Northern Territory Outback.



Arrive Alice Springs
2 nights
Coach to Uluru / Ayers Rock
1 night

Stop at ANZAC Hill to reflect upon Australians who lost their lives in battle. An Aborigine woman introduces you to “bush tucker” and prepares a dinner showing how these traditional ingredients are used in contemporary cuisine. At a BBQ in the Botanical Gardens gain an understanding of the stars in the southern sky. At Uluru, witness the massive sandstone formation’s fiery red glow at sunset.



Flight to Cairns
3 nights
Flight to Sydney
1 night
Departure

Ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway and observe a rainforest from above the canopy on the SkyRail Rainforest Cableway. View the Great Barrier Reef through a snorkeling mask or from a semisubmersible vehicle.




Australia

From expansive desert to the 1,616 mile Great Barrier Reef, the planet’s smallest continent is also one of the most diverse. Native Aboriginal culture dates back nearly 30,000 years, and with the arrival of Europeans colonists followed by a Gold Rush, Australia evolved into a true amalgam of ethnicities and cultures. Its cities, outbacks and beaches harbor tales of pirates and penal colonies, marine wonderlands and a modern, multi-national citizenry.



Accommodations
Sydney: Hotel in Darling Harbour. Perth: Hotel in central city. Indian Pacific train: Gold Class cabins. Adelaide: Hotel overlooking Parklands. Kangaroo Island: Waterfront hotel; Kakadu National Park: Unique crocodile-shaped hotel. Darwin: Hotel near the harbour. The Ghan train: Gold Class cabins. Alice Springs: Resort hotel. Ayers Rock: Outback lodge. Cairns: Resort with lagoon-style pool. Sydney: Hotel near the airport.
Meals and Lodgings
   Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
  Sydney, Australia 3 nights
   Hotel Ibis Perth
  Perth, Australia 3 nights
   Indian Pacific Train
  Train - "Indian Pacific", Australia 2 nights
   Grand Chifley Hotel
  Adelaide, Australia 1 night
   Aurora Ozone Hotel
  Kangaroo Island, Australia 1 night
   Grand Chifley Hotel
  Adelaide, Australia 2 nights
   Gagudju Crocodile Hotel
  Kakadu National Park, Australia 2 nights
   Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin
  Darwin, Australia 2 nights
   The Ghan
  Train - "The Ghan", Australia 1 night
   Chifley Alice Springs Resort
  Alice Springs, Australia 2 nights
   Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
  Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia 1 night
   Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
  Cairns, Australia 3 nights
   Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
  Sydney, Australia 1 night
 Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Type: Hotel
  Description: Overlooking Darling Harbour, the hotel is located beside Chinatown and the Entertainment & Convention Centres. It is a five-minute walk of the heart of the city.
  Contact info: 17 Little Pier Street
Sydney NSW 2000,   Australia
phone: +61 2 8217 4000
web: www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-3021-novotel-rockford-darling-harbour/index.shtml
  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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: On form in Prep. For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.

 Hotel Ibis Perth
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Indian Pacific Train
Type: Train
  Description: Gold Class cabins are used on the train. People booked as twin-share will be in twinettes. Twinettes are double occupancy with a comfortable three-seater lounge that converts into an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Each twinette contains a fold-down shower, toilet and washbasin. People booked as single will be in single roomettes. Roomettes are single occupancy with a single seat that converts into a sleeping berth at night. Each single roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.
  Contact info: (c/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Aust)
Perth/Adelaide,   Australia
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.greatsouthernrail.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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: Each twinette contains a fold-down shower, toilet and washbasin. Each single roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.

 Grand Chifley Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Aurora Ozone Hotel
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 allowed: No

 Gagudju Crocodile Hotel
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 allowed: No

 Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin
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.mantra.com.au/northern-territory/darwin-and-surrounds/darwin/accommodation/hotels/mantra-on-the-esplanade/
  Room amenities: Room facilities include air-conditioning, full kitchen facilities, iron/ironing board, television, pay movies, ISD/STD telephone, radio/alarm clock, wireless internet access and hairdryer. Many rooms have their own laundry facilities.
  Facility amenities: Hotel facilities include swimming pool, spa/hot tub/jacuzzi, laundry/dry cleaning service and business centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 The Ghan
Type: Train
  Description: Gold Class cabins are used on the train. People booked as twin-share will be in twinettes. Twinettes are double occupancy with a comfortable three-seater lounge that converts into an upper and lower sleeping berth at night. Each twinette contains a fold-down shower, toilet and washbasin. People booked as single will be in single roomettes. Roomettes are single occupancy with a single seat that converts into a sleeping berth at night. Each single roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.
  Contact info: (c/- Odyssey Travel Head Office
Northfields Ave, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Aust)
Darwin/Alice Springs,   Australia
phone: +61 -2-4224-7030
web: www.greatsouthernrail.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 allowed: No
  Bathroom: Each twinette contains a fold-down shower, toilet and washbasin. Each single roomette contains a washbasin only, with shower and toilet facilities being located at the end of each carriage.

 Chifley Alice Springs Resort
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 Stott Terrace
Alice Springs NT 0870,   Australia
phone: +61 8 8951 4545
web: www.chifleyhotels.com.au/alice-springs/chifley-alice-springs-resort/
  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 allowed: No

 Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
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 allowed: No

 Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: The resort-style hotel is located within easy walking distance of the stunning waterfront esplanade and the compact 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
Type: Hotel
  Description: Situated next to riverfront parkland and overlooking an 18 hole golf course, the hotel is located only 1.2 miles 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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: On form in Prep. For additional pre- and post-program accommodation, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Sydney, Australia. The program commences with the arrival of the group flight at Sydney Airport. You will be staying at Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour that night.
  End of Program:
Sydney, Australia. The program ends after breakfast on Day 27. Participants on the group flight are then transferred to Sydney Airport. You will be staying at Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. All US passport holders travelling to Australia must obtain an electronic visa prior to entering the country. You will not receive a visa stamp inside your passport, nor will you receive anything in writing. Instead you will be registered with the Australian Government as valid to enter/exit Australia. Road Scholar Travel Services will process the visa electronically and will send the visa confirmation to participants three to four weeks before departure. There is no charge for this service.
  Parking availability:
n/a
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sydney
  Nearest airport:  Sydney International and Domestic Airports
  Transportation to site: For those participants arriving in the days prior to the program commencing, the easiest and most direct way to get from Sydney Airport to the first hotel is by taxi. Each terminal has its own sheltered taxi rank with supervisors on hand in peak hours to ensure a smooth flow of taxis for travelers. The signage in the airport will direct you to the taxi rank. The fare to the hotel will be approximately AU$50. If taking a taxi to the hotel, please be sure to ask for the "Novotel ROCKFORD Darling Harbour" as there is also a Novotel Darling Harbour in a completely different location. Alternatively, participants can take the train from the airport stations into Central Station. The signage in the Airport will direct you to the station for your terminal. The fare to Central is approximately AU$16 per person. From Central Station take the light rail and get off at the Paddys Markets stop. The fare for the light rail is around AU$3.50 per person. Once disembarking from the light rail, carefully cross the tracks and walk up past the Entertainment Centre (keeping it on your left). Across the grassy square past the Entertainment Centre is your hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location: Sydney
  Transportation from site: For those participants making their own way to Sydney Airport at the conclusion of the program, there is a scheduled hotel shuttle service that runs from the final hotel to the airport. It can be booked at hotel reception when you arrive at the hotel for your final night. The cost is currently AU$6 per person.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Equipment Requirements: Your bathing suit is a must! A long-sleeve sun-protection cover-up are highly recommended for your day out on the Great Barrier Reef.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure
(Saturday, October 4)
   
 Depart From: Depart USA on International flight.

Day 2: In Flight - Crossing the International Date Line
(Sunday, October 5)
   
 In Transit: Cross International Dateline.

Day 3: Group Arrival / City & Suburbs Orientation / Program Overview / Walking Exploration / Welcome and Introductions
(Monday, October 6)
   
 Arrive To: Welcome to Sydney! Sydney’s stunning natural harbour forms the centrepiece of a dynamic city that has grown dramatically since its beginnings as a prison colony. Situated in the temperate area of Australia, Sydney is surrounded by National Parks and has a beautiful range of flora and fauna. It is Australia’s largest city with nearly 5 million citizens thriving in a multi-cultural society in a congenial climate. Sydney is dominated by Sydney Harbour, of which Port Jackson is only a small part. The city covers a large area, twice the size of London with half the population, and has large parks and sparkling sandy Pacific Ocean beaches, such as the well-known and very popular Bondi and Manly. Upon your arrival in Sydney you are met by our Sydney Site Coordinator. En route to our hotel we visit Sydney's eastern suburbs, including a chance to stretch our legs at Sydney's famous Bondi beach. We will visit South Head to get a perspective of the city and harbour. We arrive at our hotel in time for lunch.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: After lunch, check-in and some time to freshen up our local Site Coordinator will lead us on a walking exploration of Central Sydney. We return to our hotel and have some free time before coming together for a welcome meeting and dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: An early night is in order tonight!
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Introduction to Australia / Harbour Cruise / Colonial History / Enjoy a guided exploration of the world-famous Sydney Opera House
(Tuesday, October 7)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning a local professor gives us a lecture introducing us to the history of Sydney, its discovery and its settlement. We then head to the central business district and board a vessel for a cruise on magnificent Sydney Harbour. On our coffee cruise we take in the stunning scenery and learn how the modern Sydney Harbour has evolved.
 Lunch: We disembark our cruise vessel and walk to a restaurant in The Rocks for lunch.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we have a walking tour of The Rocks area giving us an insight to Sydney’s colonial past. The Rocks was the area of Sydney first settled by the British and it has a fascinating history and wonderful Sydney sandstone buildings. We walk across Circular Quay to the magnificent World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House. Here we have a guided tour of this truly wonderful, iconic building, a masterpiece of late modern architecture.
 Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements this evening allowing you to taste what Sydney's restaurant scene has to offer.
 Evening: Free to explore Sydney at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: The Australian Rail System / Sydney's renowned Taronga Zoological Gardens overlooking Sydney Harbour where we are introduced to Australian fauna / In the evening, delight in an Opera, Music or Theatre Performance at the Sydney Opera House
(Wednesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we have a lecture introducing us to the Australian rail system. We then coach across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to Taronga Zoo, located on the north shore with delightful views across the harbour to the city. Here we begin our study of Australian fauna. As well as meeting kangaroos, koalas & wallabies and hoping for a glimpse of the rather more elusive wombat, echidna and platypus, we will have a lecture introducing us to some of Australia’s more dangerous inhabitants – its spiders and snakes.
 Lunch: We have lunch at Taronga Park Zoo.
 Afternoon: You are given a ferry ticket for the journey back across the harbour to the city centre. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure allowing you to perhaps linger and explore the zoo further or to head back across to the city to investigate more there.
 Dinner: We come together back at the hotel for an early dinner allowing us to get to tonight's performance at the Opera House in plenty of time.
 Evening: 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!
   
Accommodations: Novotel Rockford Darling Harbour
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Flight to Perth / Orientation to Perth from picturesque Kings Park & Botanical Gardens / History & Growth of Western Australia
(Thursday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: At accommodation.
 Morning: This morning we check out of our Sydney hotel and coach to Sydney Domestic Airport for our flight to Perth. Perth, the capital city of Australia's most vast, desolate and expansive state, Western Australia, has a rapidly growing population and is truly a modern, scenic and multicultural city. With a Mediterranean climate, Perth is Australia's sunniest capital and has an atmosphere particularly conducive to an al fresco lifestyle. The city is 20 kilometres upstream from the port of Fremantle, where Australia strove unsuccessfully to retain the America's Cup in 1987. Delightfully dissected by the Swan River, the city enjoys many scenic surf beaches and well-kept parklands including centrally located Kings Park where native wildflowers flourish.
 Lunch: On board Sydney to Perth flight..
 Afternoon: Upon our arrival in Perth we are met by our local Site Coordinator. We have a course overview as we transfer to Kings Park. Here we have a guided view of the gardens with wonderful views over the city. We carry on to our hotel and check in. Before dinner we have a lecture on the history and growth of Western Australia looking at the impact of the mining boom and agriculture.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Perth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ferry to Rottnest Island to explore its history, beauty & unique marsupial fauna / Return to Fremantle / Beach visit
(Friday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we transfer to the wharf and board a ferry to Rottnest Island. Once on Rottnest we have a guided nature walk on Oliver Hill to learn about the natural history of the island.
 Lunch: We have lunch in a cafe on Rottnest Island.
 Afternoon: After lunch we try to meet Rottnest Island's unique marsupial, the quokka. We board our ferry back to the mainland, disembarking in Fremantle. En route back to our hotel we will pause at one of the local beaches allowing you to dip your toes in the Indian Ocean.
 Dinner: We have dinner tonight at a local pub restaurant in Perth, a short walk from our hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Perth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Western Australian Maritime Museum / Fremantle guided walk / An afternoon at leisure to explore Perth and/or Fremantle
(Saturday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we head back to Fremantle for a guided visit to the Western Australian Maritime Museum, to view exhibitions telling the stories of human endeavour that bring to life our maritime past. We then have a guided walk introducing us to the history and lifestyle of this sought-after beachside suburb.
 Lunch: We have a scrumptious seafood buffet lunch at a local Fremantle hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore Perth at your leisure. You will be given a train pass to make your own way back to Perth. You can use your train pass and choose whether to explore Fremantle, Perth or places in between.
 Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements this evening.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ibis Perth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: The historic Swan Bells / Board the famous "Indian Pacific" train bound for Adelaide
(Sunday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel and visit the Bell Tower set in parkland beside the Swan River. Here we learn about the history of this historic Ring of Bells and the techniques required to make them ring. We then transfer to Perth Railway Station to board the Indian Pacific.
 Lunch: We have lunch on board the Indian Pacific.
 Afternoon: We roll east out of Perth and start heading across the West Australian countryside.
 Dinner: We have dinner on board the Indian Pacific.
 Evening: On board the Indian Pacific. Late tonight we will arrive in the mining town of Kalgoorlie. The train company runs a short guided tour of this rugged town that those participants who are still awake are most welcome to join.
   
Accommodations: Indian Pacific Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: "Indian Pacific" train across the Nullarbor
(Monday, October 13)
   
 Breakfast: We have breakfast on board the Indian Pacific.
 Morning: Today we continue the epic journey across the Nullarbor Plain including the famous “long straight” – 299 miles of gun-barrel straight track. We watch the changing colours of the desert environment from our cabins or the comfort of the lounge car where we may well get the opportunity to mix with local travellers.
 Lunch: We have lunch on board the Indian Pacific.
 Afternoon: We carry on across the Nullarbor Plain and into South Australia.
 Dinner: We have dinner on board the Indian Pacific.
 Evening: On board the Indian Pacific.
   
Accommodations: Indian Pacific Train
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Central Markets / Adelaide - the City of Churches / Botanic Gardens / Animal Wildlife Sanctuary
(Tuesday, October 14)
   
 Breakfast: We have breakfast on board the Indian Pacific as we arrive into Adelaide, the capital of South Australia.
 Morning: Adelaide is a solid, gracious city: when early colonists built, they generally built with stone. It is bordered by the Mount Lofty Ranges to the east, and by gulf waters and long sandy beaches to the west. The Torrens River runs through the North Parkland and there are port facilities at Port Adelaide. The city was named for Queen Adelaide, at the command of her husband, King William IV and is the only freely-settled colony of Australia. Its people have embraced multiculturalism, providing a cohesive society on which to build the State. The draft of the Australian Constitution was prepared in South Australia, in the ballroom of St. Mark’s College’s Downer House. We disembark our train and are met by out local Site Coordinator. We head to Adelaide Central Markets for a visit, soaking up a melting pot of multi-national food and cultures. We reboard our coach and have an orientation to Adelaide, its layout & distinctive architecture.
 Lunch: We finish our orientation at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and have lunch in the restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch we have a guided walk through the Botanic Gardens, taking in some of the native flora. We transfer to our hotel and check in. We have some free time before we head to a wildlife sanctuary set in the Adelaide Hills.
 Dinner: We have a BBQ dinner at Cleland Wildlife Sanctuary
 Evening: We have a guided tour of the sanctuary allowing us time to wander amongst the kangaroos, wallabies and emus as darkness falls.
   
Accommodations: Grand Chifley Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Coach & Ferry to Kangaroo Island / Australian Sea Lion Colony / Kangaroo Island natural cottage industries / An evening walk to try to find some members of the local penguin population
(Wednesday, October 15)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: We check out of our hotel this morning leaving our large bags in storage as there is a strict 15kg baggage limit on our flight back from the Island. We board our coach and transfer to Cape Jervis for our ferry across to Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island, is a unique, unspoiled wilderness 91 miles long and 25 miles wide. It is located 9 miles south of the South Australian mainland. Its coastal scenery is spectacular with rugged high cliffs and long, white, sandy beaches. The island is known for its abundant wildlife including its resident sea lion colonies. We meet our local Site Coordinator and transfer to the Australian Sea Lion colony at Seal Bay where we learn something about these intriguing creatures.
 Lunch: We carry on to the Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Distillery where we have lunch and learn about the operation.
 Afternoon: We spend this afternoon learning about some of the artisans who have chosen to base themselves on the island to make use of its natural environment. We will visit the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, for an interpretive tour and tasting, and the Island Beehive Factory to learn about their pure strain of Ligurian bees. We shall also visit the Old Wisanger School House Museum before checking in to our accommodation in Kingscote.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: After dinner we will take the short walk to the local penguin rookery to attempt to view some members of the local population of little penguins.
   
Accommodations: Aurora Ozone Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Kangaroo Island's natural beauty - Kelly Hills Caves/ Koala Walk / the Flinders Chase National Park / Fly to Adelaide
(Thursday, October 16)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: We check out of our hotel and head for the Kelly Hill Conservation Park. Here we have an interpretive tour of the limestone caves - a magical underground world with spectacular formations. We carry on to Hanson Bay Sanctuary where we take in the Koala Walk. As well as abundant koalas, we could also possibly see kangaroos, tamar wallabies, possums and echidnas.
 Lunch: We continue to Flinders Chase National Park at the western end of the Island where we will pause for lunch.
 Afternoon: We explore some of Flinders Chase National Park, including the impressive Remarkable Rocks, before returning to Kingscote for our flight across to Adelaide. We transfer back to our Adelaide hotel and check in in time for dinner.
 Dinner: At accommodation.
 Evening: At leisure
   
Accommodations: Grand Chifley Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Eden and Barossa Valleys / Cooperage and Wine History Museum / Menglers Hill Lookout
(Friday, October 17)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Today we learn something of South Australia's premium wine regions and its history of German settlement. We travel through the Eden and Barossa Valleys where we gain an understanding of the history of German settlement and traditions in the area. We will pause at the Menglers Hill lookout to look across the scenery of the valley. We will visit a local winery for a tasting and a talk with the winemaker.
 Lunch: We will have lunch at a local winery.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will travel to Yalumba Winery, where we will have a guided tour of Australia's only working cooperage. We will also have a tasting before taking the scenic route back to Adelaide.
 Dinner: We have dinner at a local restaurant tonight.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Grand Chifley Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Fly to Darwin / Coach to Kakadu National Park / Course Overview
(Saturday, October 18)
   
 Breakfast: At accommodation.
 Morning: We check out of our hotel this morning and coach to Adelaide Domestic Airport for flight to Darwin. We are met by our Northern Territory Site Coordinator.
 Lunch: We transfer for lunch at a local restaurant before we head for the magnificent Kakadu National Park.
 Afternoon: As we coach to Kakadu National Park, we have a course overview and "Window on the Wetlands" en route. Kakadu National Park is a unique archaeological and ethnological reserve. Located in the Northern Territory, it covers an area of almost 5 million acres and has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years. It is a unique example of a complex of ecosystems including tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands and plateaux, providing habitat for a wide range of endemic and rare species of plants and animals. This magnificent world heritage national park has breathtaking escarpments that give way to open wetlands and rainforest pockets. Prolific bird life, diverse plant life, ancient Aboriginal rock art, boat cruises through wetlands, bushwalking, photography and four wheel drive tracks collectively add to the attributes of this wonderful park. We arrive at our hotel and check in in time for dinner.
 Dinner: At accommodation.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Gagudju Crocodile Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: 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.
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: We begin today with our local guide giving us an Introduction to Kakadu National Park and the Aboriginal heritage of Arnhem Land. We then visit the Kakadu National Park Visitors' Centre where we gain further understanding of this World Heritage-listed National Park.
 Lunch: We transfer through to Cooinda Lodge for lunch.
 Afternoon: After lunch we visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, giving us further detail as to Aboriginal life in Kakadu. We then head out into the Park for wildlife and crocodile spotting on the Yellow Waters flood plains. We return to our accommodation and have some free time before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Gagudju Crocodile Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Kakadu Rock Art - Aboriginal sacred sites & rock art / Coach to Darwin / Orientation to Darwin
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we focus on Aboriginal rock art. We travel out to view some rock art sites of great cultural significance to the local Aboriginal people.
 Lunch: We return to our accommodation for lunch before we depart for Darwin.
 Afternoon: Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is located on the Timor Sea. With a population of 120,000 it is Australia’s least populous capital. Initially a pioneer outpost, in many ways Darwin is among Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities. It has close links to southern Asia, in particular countries such as Indonesia and East Timor, and is physically closer to a number of Asian capitals than it is to Canberra. Darwin has been rebuilt twice; initially following Japanese bombing raids during WWII and then again following the devastation wrought by Cyclone Tracy which hit the city on Christmas Eve, 1974. Darwin has a typical tropical climate with the wet season running from October to March bringing tropical monsoons and occasional cyclones. Traditionally the home of the Larrakia group, Darwin was given its name by the crew of the survey ship HMS Beagle on 9 September 1839 in honour of famed scientist Charles Darwin, a former shipmate. Upon arriving in Darwin, we have an orientation to the city en route to our hotel.
 Dinner: We head to Darwin's Stokes Hill Wharf area for dinner at a local waterfront restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Darwin's relationship to South-East Asia / Museum of Northern Territory / Art Gallery / Defence of Darwin Experience
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we have a lecture on Darwin's relationship with Melanesia & South-East Asia. Following our lecture we transfer to the Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory where a guided tour will give us further insight in to the Northern Territory capital.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch we visit the Defence of Darwin Experience to learn about Darwin’s role in WWII. Opened in 2012 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin, the Defence of Darwin Experience provides an opportunity for visitors to understand the impact of the war on Darwin and its inhabitants, both civilian and military. We have the remainder of the afternoon and evening at leisure allowing you to relax or explore as you see fit.
 Dinner: Dinner is at own arrangements this evening.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mantra On The Esplanade Darwin
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 19: "The Ghan" train / Katherine Gorge cruise
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: We check out of our hotel and coach to Darwin Railway Station to board The Ghan train for our overnight journey to Alice Springs.
 Lunch: We have lunch on board The Ghan.
 Afternoon: The train will pause in Katherine. While in Katherine, we will travel into Nitmiluk National Park to join a cruise in Katherine Gorge. We re-board The Ghan to continue our journey to Alice Springs.
 Dinner: We have dinner on board The Ghan.
 Evening: At leisure on board The Ghan.
   
Accommodations: The Ghan
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: 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
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: We have dinner on board The Ghan.
 Morning: We disembark The Ghan upon our arrival into Alice Springs. Alice Springs is located almost exactly at the geographic centre of Australia and has been a home for Aborigines for 30,000 years. Many of the physical features of the land have great cultural significance. Originally established in 1888 as Stuart, the town developed through the need for an overland telegraph line to assist Australia with its communications to the world. Today, “The Alice” is a pleasurable, modern town and is a major access point for the many tourist attractions of central Australia. On arrival we once again meet our Northern Territory Site Coordinator who leads us to ANZAC Hill to give us an overview of Alice Springs. We then visit the School of the Air to gain an understanding of the techniques of delivering education across the vast isolated and remote expanse of the Australian outback. We head to our hotel for a course overview before lunch.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: After lunch we have a lecture have a lecture introducing us to the culture, art and heritage of the Aborigines of the Red Centre. We then have part of the afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: This evening we have dinner at the local botanical garden. As we dine we are entertained with ballads and yarns of the Australian bush.
 Evening: After dinner a local astronomer will introduce us to the stars of the southern sky – we can 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.
   
Accommodations: Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: 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.
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we visit Alice Springs Desert Park where we gain an understanding of the beauty and mystery of the Australian desert and the life that exists there.
 Lunch: At Alice Springs Desert Park.
 Afternoon: After lunch we travel to Simpson’s Gap in the Western McDonnell Ranges where we view the permanent waterhole in its stunning location under the towering cliffs of the Simpson Range. We return back into Alice Springs where we visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how aircraft and the radio are used to deliver medical services in the huge distances of central Australia.
 Dinner: We then head to a local restaurant where a local indigenous caterer introduces us to native Aboriginal bush foods, their traditional use and how they are being incorporated into contemporary cuisine.We have dinner at the local restaurant where our taste buds get to discover for themselves just how contemporary Australian cuisine is utilising traditional Aboriginal flavourings.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Chifley Alice Springs Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Uluru - Ayers Rock / Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre / Sunset viewing
(Saturday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we check out and board our coach for the journey to Uluru with an excursion to a camel farm en route. We will pause for morning tea at a typical Outback roadhouse. Rising from the arid heartland of Australia are the haunting geological marvels of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). They lie within Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park, which is owned by the local Aborigines. Uluru is a red sandstone monolith, the world’s second largest at 5.5 miles around, with smooth slopes rising to 1,098 feet. For thousands of years this rock has been the focus for religious, cultural, territorial and economic inter-relations among the Aboriginal peoples of the Western Desert. Caves around the base of the rock were used by Aboriginal people for shelter and were decorated with their paintings. Kata Tjuta is a collection of smaller, more rounded rocks that are very captivating. The tallest rock, Mt Olga, is nearly 656 feet higher than Uluru.
 Lunch: At Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we explore Uluru by coach and on foot. This sacred Aboriginal site is truly awe-inspiring. Our leader will explain something of the significance of the Rock to the local Aborigines. In the late afternoon we will take in a sunset viewing of Uluru, watching the amazing colours of the Rock as the sun sets.
 Dinner: We have a typical Australian BBQ at our hotel tonight where we have the opportunity to sample some of Australia's more "interesting" native foods.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Outback Pioneer Hotel & Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 23: Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) / Fly to Cairns / City Orientation / Course Overview
(Sunday, October 26)
   
 Breakfast: This morning we check out and head across for breakfast at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Cultural Centre.
 Morning: After breakfast we travel out to Kata Tjuta, the spectacular formation of 36 rounded domes. Kata Tjuta means "many heads" in a local language. Here we will take the short walk in Walpa Gorge, affording us wonderful views across the Outback.
 Lunch: We return to Yulara for lunch at the Outback Pioneer.
 Afternoon: We coach to Ayers Rock airport for our flight to Cairns. Cairns, on the east coast of Australia, is the most northerly city in the state of Queensland. It is always green and lush with abundant tropical plants and flowers. It is also one of Australia’s fastest-growing cities and, in addition to its role as a regional centre for dairy, timber and sugar production, it is an important tourist destination. Cairns is uniquely situated between two World Heritage-Listed areas – the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics Rainforest.
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is on board our flight to Cairns.
 Evening: Upon our arrival we we are met by our Cairns Site Coordinator and transfer to our hotel in Cairns. We will have an introduction to Cairns and our program en route to the hotel. A local marine biologist will give us a lecture this evening on the Great Barrier Reef and the issues endangering its existence. He will give us an insight into what we might see tomorrow on our cruise out to this World Heritage-listed icon.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 24: Cruise on Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia's most remarkable natural gifts
(Monday, October 27)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Today we have a full-day cruise on the Great Barrier Reef where we can view the World Heritage-listed coral reefs in the company of our dedicated marine biologist. We will be able to snorkel among the spectacular coral reef and/or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel.
 Lunch: Seafood buffet on board cruise.
 Afternoon: Our cruise continues this afternoon. We return to Cairns in the late afternoon and the rest of the day is free.
 Dinner: Own arrangements.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 25: Wet Tropical Rainforests / Kuranda Scenic Railway Train / Butterfly Sanctuary / SkyRail Rainforest Cableway
(Tuesday, October 28)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: This morning we have a lecture introducing us to the second of Cairns’ World Heritage-listed features – the Wet Tropical Rainforests of North Queensland. We gain an understanding of the abundance of life in the tropical rainforest. We then coach to Cairns Railway Station where we board the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway bound for the village of Kuranda, a mountain retreat surrounded by rainforest. Upon our arrival we visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, the largest butterfly aviary in Australia, home to many local tropical species including Kuranda's iconic, electric-blue Ulysses Butterfly.
 Lunch: At local restaurant in Kuranda.
 Afternoon: We have some time to explore at leisure before we walk to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to take the stunning cableway journey sweeping above the canopy of World Heritage-listed rainforest. En route to the cableway terminus at Caravonica, we stop at the Rainforest Interpretive Station where our guide will lead us on a rainforest walk teaching us more about this special environment. Upon our arrival at the terminus, we transfer back to our hotel.
 Dinner: We have part of the afternoon free before coming together for our farewell dinner at accommodation.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 26: Cairns Wildlife Dome / Flight to Sydney
(Wednesday, October 29)
   
 Breakfast: At accommodation.
 Morning: After some time to relax this morning, we check out of our accommodation and transfer to the Cairns Wildlife Dome for a guided tour. Enclosed by a 20 metre high glass dome we can immerse ourselves in a rainforest environment whilst parrots, cockatoos and other birds native to the Wet Tropics region fly freely around us. We can also interact with other animals such as turtles, pythons, freshwater crocodiles, lizards and gliders.
 Lunch: We have lunch at a local restaurant close to Cairns Marina.
 Afternoon: Following lunch we have some time to stretch our legs before we transfer to the airport for our flight to Sydney.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight is on board our flight to Sydney.
 Evening: Upon our arrival in Sydney this evening, we coach to our Sydney Airport hotel in the safe hands of our Program Leader. The remainder of the evening is at leisure.
   
Accommodations: Mercure Hotel Sydney Airport
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 27: Group Departure
(Thursday, October 30)
   
 Depart From: After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and transfer to Sydney Airport. We check in to our flight to Los Angeles and home.
 Breakfast: At accommodation.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


A Commonwealth of Thieves, The Improbable Birth of Australia


Author: Thomas Keneally


Description: With drama and flair, novelist Keneally illuminates the birth of New South Wales in 1788, richly evoking the social conditions in London, the miserable sea voyage and the desperate conditions of the new colony. His tale revolves around Arthur Phillips, the ambitious (and bland) captain in the Royal Navy who would become the first governor of New South Wales. You may be familiar with Keneally as the author of the acclaimed work (made into an equally-renowned film) "Schindler's List".



A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia


Author: Steve Wilson


Description: A comprehensive account of the 800 species of Australian reptiles, grouped by family. Each entry includes a distribution map, notes on habitat, range and conservation status. Covering crocodiles, sea turtles, freshwater turtles, geckos, flat-footed lizards, skinks, dragons, goannas, blind snakes, pythons, file snakes, colubrid snakes, terrestrial elapids, sea snakes, and, sea kraits.



Aboriginal Art


Author: Wally Caruana


Description: This well illustrated survey of Aboriginal art, ancient and modern, focuses on the spiritual and geographic sources of art and ritual traditions in Australia. It covers the range of art from all parts of the continent, including a chapter on the Wandjina rock art of the Kimberley region. The concise text is augmented by 187 well produced black-and-white and color illustrations.



Aboriginal Australians


Author: Stephen Muecke


Description: A lively illustrated overview of the culture and history of the Aborigines. The authors explore how the Aborigines came to be in Australia, their rituals and Dreamings, and the importance of kin in their social structures. With a chapter on the atrocious treatment at the hands of white settlers and the pervasive racial prejudice that remained enshrined in the Australian constitution until 1967. The final section deals with the massive indigenous cultural renaissance over the past four decades, and discusses how Aboriginal art - whether Central Desert acrylic art, batik, contemporary urban painting, sculpture or traditional bark painting - has become a flagship for Australian culture.



Australia Map


Author: ITMB


Description: This large folded map of Australia, at a scale of 1:3,500,000, includes national parks, reserves and roads, all clearly marked. Two Sides. 34x40 inches.



Australia, A Traveler's Literary Companion


Author: Robert Ross


Description: Arranged geographically, this collection of mostly local writers is an excellent overview of the cultures, geography and mindset of Australia. It includes stories by Patrick White, Peter Carey and other luminaries, as well as transcriptions of several aboriginal myths.



Australia, An Ecotraveler's Guide


Author: Hannah Robinson


Description: A handbook and guide to wildlife, habitats and travel in Australia with 400 color photographs and excellent descriptive information on birds, mammals and other creatures. Organized geographically, each section includes suggested places to visit, national parks and reserves, maps and sidebars on habitats, flora and fauna.



Australia: The East, Travellers’ Wildlife Guides


Author: Les Beletsky


Description: A wonderfully comprehensive guide to the plant and animal life of eastern Australia. This colorful book features illustrations of 650 commonly encountered fish, reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds and special sections on the Great Barrier Reef and eastern Australian and Tasmanian wildlife parks and reserves.



Australian Birds


Author: Pocket Naturalist


Description: A fold-up, laminated card featuring color drawings and short descriptions of commonly encountered Australian birds.



Australian Wildlife


Author: James Kavanaugh • Raymond Leung (Illustrator)


Description: This illustrated fold-out guide features almost 150 species of Australian animals. Laminated for durability; pocket-size for quick reference in the field.



Bradt Australian Wildlife


Author: Stella Martin


Description: A guide not just to kangaroo and koala, this compact, illustrated survey, featuring 250 color photographs, takes in habitats, parks and conservation, marsupials, birds and bats.



Chasing Kangaroo


Author: Tim Flannery


Description: An ode to the kangaroo in all their splendid diversity and oddity. Revisiting his early love of kangaroo fossils, Flannery weaves engaging tales of his adventures on the trails of marsupials past and present with his travels and encounters with eccentric scientists and Aborigines.



Cronin's Key Guide to Australian Mammals


Author: Leonard Cronin


Description: An indispensable guide to Australia's fascinating monotremes, marsupials, and placental mammals. This book, the third in the Cronin's Key Guide series, is packed with information about the behavior, development, food, and habitat of Australia's remarkable mammals.



Cultural Atlas of Australia, New Zealand & the South Pacific


Author: Richard Nile & Christian Clerk


Description: This handsome volume weaves together history, geography, archaeology, and the arts, covering the Australasian region from prehistory up to the founding of the modern nations. Features hundreds of illustrations.



Culture Smart! Australia


Author: Barry Penney


Description: A concise, no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture with a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice.



Daisy Bates in the Desert: A Woman's Life Among the Aborigines


Author: Julia Blackburn


Description: In this wonderfully original biography, tBlackburn recreates the life of Daisy Bates (1861-1951), who abandoned her comfortable surroundings in 1913 to live for 30 years in the wilderness. It opens memorably "There was once a woman who lived in the desert" -- setting an appropriate tone for a book which artfully combines biography, fiction and history. Blackburn consulted the archives and interviewed contemporaries to create this absorbing portrait of a fascinating character.



Dirt Music, A Novel


Author: Tim Winton


Description: Among Australia's finest writers, Tim Winton fashions powerful and elegant tales set within the arid outback of Western Australia. An alcoholic mother and a down-on-his luck poacher are the protagonists of this recent novel, where landscape and nature play just as much a role as the characters themselves.



Eyewitness Guide Sydney


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb guide to Sydney features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.



Eyewitness Guides Australia


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: A compact guide to sites, attractions and places throughout Australia featuring excellent maps and hundreds of full color photographs and site diagrams. With select recommendations on where to eat and stay.



Field Guide to the Birds of Australia


Author: Ken Simpson • Nicholas Day


Description: A handbook and field guide to Australia's birds with 2,000 vivid color illustrations, each accompanied by a brief description and revised range map. This more compact seventh edition features 16 new or revised color plates, new maps and condensed information.



Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia


Author: Peter Menkhorst • Frank Knight (Illustrator)


Description: A comprehensive guide to 376 species of kangaroos, koalas, bandicoots, wombats, deer, seals, whales and other mammals of Australia featuring full color illustrations by Frank Knight. Third edition



Fishwatcher’s Field Guide: Great Barrier Reef


Author: Idaz Greenberg


Description: A double-sided, laminated card covering the reef fish of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the tropical Pacific.



Fodor's Exploring Australia


Author: Michael Ivory


Description: This excellent up-to-date guide will take you Down Under with ease and style. Includes maps, illustrations and unusual information on features of cultural, historical and natural interest.



Great Southern Landings: An Anthology of Antipodean Travel


Author: Jan Bassett


Description: This eclectic and quirky anthology collects nearly 100 excerpts from various writers who have left their impressions of actual visits to the Antipodes in books and journals, while others, travelling only in their minds, left accounts of imaginary voyages to distant utopias. The contributors include Jonathan Swift, Jules Verne, Joseph Conrad, Kenneth Clark, Charles Darwin, Robin Hanbury-Tenison, Herbert Hoover, Anthony Eden, Anthony Trollope, Mark Twain, Bruce Chatwin, Jan Morris, Harold Larwood, Germaine Greer, and Peter Conrad. A helpful introduction is given to each extract and author.



Gunshot Road


Author: Adrian Hyland


Description: The second Emily Tempest investigation set in the Outback. Emily has taken a job as a police officer in northern Australia where, against the wishes of her supervisor, she investigates the death of a scientist she believes was murdered because of his controversial theories.



In A Sunburned Country


Author: Bill Bryson


Description: Bill Bryson revels in Australia's eccentric characters, dangerous flora and fauna, and other oddities. As has become his custom, he effortlessly imparts much fact-filled history in this wildly funny book. Included at the end is a short bibliography. This book is published as "Down Under" in Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.



My Place


Author: Sally Morgan


Description: Sally Morgan artfully evokes aboriginal culture and its complicated history in colonial Australia in this deeply moving memoir of three generations. Particularly moving is Morgan's account of discovering her Aborigine heritage as a teenager in Perth.



Reefscape, Reflections on the Great Barrier Reef


Author: Rosaleen Love


Description: An ecology and history of the Great Barrier Reef, including its human inhabitants (who run the gamut from pirates to naturalists). Rosaleen Love employs science, anthropology and purple prose in this meditative account.



Songlines


Author: Bruce Chatwin


Description: Rory Stewart provides the introduction to this 25th anniversary edition of Bruce Chatwin's celebrated travelogue, which is as much about its gifted author - and the meaning of travel - as about the Aboriginal people and their ways of life. Chatwin transforms a journey through the Outback into an exhilarating, semi-fictional meditation on our place in the world.



The Bone is Pointed


Author: Arthur Upfield


Description: This entry in the Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte series of mysteries finds the half-Aborigine detective in the place he knows best, the Australian outback, where he is investigating the disappearance of a local scoundrel. Upfield, known for his clever plots and evocative descriptions of the landscapes and peoples of Australia, wrote dozens of mysteries between 1929 and 1966.



The Fatal Shore


Author: Robert Hughes


Description: A celebrated social history, both scholarly and entertaining. Hughes traces the fate of those who were transported to the penal colonies of Australia between 1787 and 1868 in this engaging popular account, drawn from the experiences of the colonists themselves. A precursor to the gulags and prison camps of the 20th century, the British penal colonies in Australia are an oft-forgotten experiment in 19th century social reform and colonization. While the colonies were concentrated mainly in small coastal sections of New South Wales and Tasmania, the book helps elucidate how this first chapter in their history was the most vital factor in defining the early Australian character.



The Road from Coorain


Author: Jill Ker Conway


Description: A literate, absorbing memoir of girlhood on a sheep ranch in New South Wales and coming of age in post-war Sydney. Conway, who left Australia and eventually became president of Smith College, paints a vivid picture of isolation and beauty -- and of the challenges of a bright, ambitious woman growing up Australian.



The Secret River


Author: Kate Grenville


Description: Sweeping, gorgeously written and psychologically astute, The Secret River takes in all the bravado, trickery and conflict that attended the settlement of New South Wales. Grenville draws on the history of her own family in Australia for the elements of the blockbuster plot, in which a Thames boatsman, banished to the penal colony in 1806, must carve out a life for himself.



The Snorkeller's Guide to the Coral Reef, From the Red Sea to the Pacific Ocean


Author: Paddy Ryan


Description: An illustrated overview of coral reefs, coral-reef fishes, invertebrates and plants of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, this compact book is an excellent resource for anyone thinking of exploring the underwater world. Beginners will appreciate the chapters on learning to snorkel, reef etiquette, photography hints and first aid. With 200 color photographs.



The Turning, New Stories


Author: Tim Winton


Description: These 17 overlapping stories, steeped in everyday life on western Australia, follow the fates of a handful of characters in a small coastal town outside Perth. Winton, short-listed twice so far for the Booker Prize, has published a string of memorable novels, children's books and stories, all richly set in the working class milieu of the sparsely populated coastal desert.



Travellers’ Tales Australia: True Stories of Life Down Under


Author: Larry Habegger & Amy G. Carlson


Description: An excellent introduction to the people, culture and traditions of Australia as seen through the eyes of mostly contemporary writers, including Pico Iyer, Paul Theroux, Bruce Chatwin, and D.H. Lawrence. Organized thematically, it includes articles and excerpts on the Great Barrier Reef, the outback, the Nullarbor Plateau and Bondi Beach.



Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef


Author: WGBH


Description: 60-minute Nova documentary captures the diversity and abundance of the fish and invertebrates of the coral reef in dazzling color.



True History of the Kelly Gang


Author: Peter Carey


Description: A powerful, daring novel, steeped in the colonial history of late 19th-century Australia. Outlaw, folk hero, thief and patriot, the Irish immigrant Ned Kelly and his clan figure large in the Australian mindset. Carey's Booker Prize-winning novel (his second after "Oscar & Lucinda") takes the form of a series of rough, captivating letters by the barely literate gang leader to his young daughter. Kelly was hanged in Melbourne in 1880, where his mother was also imprisoned.



Wild Australia


Author: IMAX


Description: A dazzling overview of Australia, its geology, evolution, culture and wildlife, originally presented in IMAX theatres. The Edge, filmed on the doorstep of Australia's largest city, is about an ancient wilderness ... a labyrinth of lost worlds and magical places - beautiful and treacherous waterfalls, canyons and underground rivers, carved by streams that lead back into a world as it was ninety million years ago. In a remote ravine, 40 ancient trees survive unchanged from the age of the dinosaurs. Rappel into this world of exotic creatures and unique plant life with our modern bushwhackers.





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