Travel 2 Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific 2019/20



A U S T R A L I A & N E W Z E A L A N D C O N T E N T S

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Why Travel 2?

Create Your Perfect Holiday

Getting There

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General Information Booking Conditions

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Multi-Centre Holidays

Round-the-world Itineraries



Rail Travel

Adelaide & regional South Australia

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Escorted Touring


Kangaroo Island

Motorhome & Car Rental


Self-drive Packages New South Wales


Escorted Touring

Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley

Walking Tours

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Coastal New South Wales

Motorhome & Car Rental


Rail & Ferry Passes


NORTH ISLAND 176 Auckland 180

Gold Coast & Hinterland

Sunshine Coast & Fraser Island

Bay of Islands

Whitsunday Islands

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Coromandel & Pacific Coast

Hamilton Island

Napier & Hawkes Bay

Great Barrier Reef Islands


Cairns & Beyond

Taupo, Tongariro & New Plymouth

Palm Cove


Port Douglas


Daintree, Cape Tribulation & Atherton Tablelands


Mission Beach

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Nelson & Abel Tasman Christchurch & Canterbury West Coast & Glaciers Queenstown & Wanaka



Great Ocean Road & Beyond



Fiordland, Stewart Island & Invercargill

Darwin & the Top End

Dunedin SOUTH PACIFIC 208 Fiji 212 Samoa 214

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Alice Springs

Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kings Canyon


Perth City & Beaches

Cook Islands

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Margaret River & the South West


French Polynesia

The West Coast

Broome & the Kimberley


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Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

Why choose Travel 2?

YOUR HOLIDAY, YOUR WAY Travel 2 has been committed to sending customers to an array of worldwide destinations for over 35 years. In that time we’ve worked hard to become the experts you can trust in building your perfect holiday. Working with your travel agent we can plan and book everything from scheduled flights, accommodation, cruises, tours and excursions – our flexible approach allows us to tailor-make your holiday, your way. Furthermore, we work with all major airlines to allow you choice on how you wish to travel, with departures available from all regional airports. Travel 2 is part of the Emirates Group - a dynamic travel and tourism operation with a global reputation for excellence spanning every aspect of the industry. A GREAT PRICE WITH EXPERT ADVICE Travel 2’s reservation consultants are well travelled and undergo an extensive training programme. This combined skill set equips them with the tools to be able to provide you with a unique tailor-made service when booking your perfect holiday. Whether it’s a twin-centre holiday, cruise or touring holiday, our consultants will go that extra mile to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime from start to finish. That extra mile also extends to making sure you get the best price too. Our buying power as part of a global travel business means you benefit from competitive pricing and special offers - exclusive from our supplier partners. New deals arrive daily, so speak to your local travel agent for the most up to date pricing and offers. SERVICE YOU CAN COUNT ON Travel 2 is an award-winning company and by working with your travel agent, we want to ensure your booking and travel experience exceeds expectations. From the advice you receive at initial enquiry right through to the service you receive in resort, our expert consultants are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to support and assist your travel agent. PEACE OF MIND Booking a holiday with Travel 2 allows you to relax in the knowledge that your money is safe and your travel arrangements are in expert hands. We are a fully bonded operator with the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL protected). The air holidays and flights in this brochure are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is ATOL 3228.


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Create your perfect holiday

Booking your holiday to Australia & New Zealand with Travel 2 will ensure that you experience the region to the full. Choose from hip or boutique hotels, from budget motels to luxury resorts - the choice is huge and the value unbeatable. Add an immersive city tour with a local guide and experience the excitement of haggling in the bustling markets or soaking in the local culture. Why not sample some down time with a pampering spa session? The choices are simply endless. Whatever you want to do, Travel 2 can create it just for you. Whether you are seeking a relaxing weekend away, planning the holiday of a lifetime or wanting to celebrate a special event, Travel 2 will exceed your expectations.

HOLIDAYS Choosing your perfect holiday is an exciting moment. You may already know where you want to go and what you want to do, but you may also want to browse and see what’s available before making your decision. To help you make that choice we have priced our holidays in the way that we believe makes it easier for you. In the beach resort areas we have created packages that include flights and the specified number of nights’ accommodation so you can see what the cost is going to be. However, prices are constantly changing so ask your travel agent to see what our latest special offers are. INDEPENDENT TOURING Do you enjoy discovering the heart and soul of a country? If so, independent touring could be for you. We’ve put together some fantastic itineraries that strike the perfect balance between the freedom of travelling independently and the convenience of having your accommodation and transport already arranged.

ESCORTED TOURING If you’re short on time or you just enjoy the company of like-minded travellers, an escorted tour is a great way to see a country’s main sights; or to discover a path less trodden. With the help of an expert guide you’ll learn much about your destination in a safe and fun environment. As the tours normally include all of your accommodation, excursions and often many of your meals, you’re free to sit back and enjoy your holiday without having to worry about a thing. SMALL GROUP TOURING If you like the convenience of an escorted tour but want something a little more intimate, consider a small group tour. Travelling by 4WD or bus in a maximum group size of 16 (it’s normally less) you’ll enjoy a holiday that’s filled with unique experiences. With the help of an expert guide and/or driver, you’ll learn all about your destination from someone who knows it and is genuinely passionate about it.



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Holidays are about doing something different. Choose an Adventure activity or tour and escape the norm. Independent touring gives you the freedom to explore at your own leisure safe in the knowledge that it’s been expertly arranged by local suppliers. travelling to your destination an essential part of your trip by experiencing one of our iconic rail journeys. We offer a wide variety of cruising, from ocean faring luxury liners to traditional and relaxing river vessels. Enjoy the wildlife, culture and landscapes that only cruising can provide. Discover spectacular landscapes and make

Our Boutique properties are a carefully chosen selection of intimate and offbeat places to stay.

Fancy a dip? Well, keep an eye out for our Pool Villa symbols and you can enjoy swimming in privacy. Staying in an All Inclusive hotel or resort means not worrying about paying for food, drinks, activities and entertainment.

Your honeymoon should be the trip of a lifetime – these romantic hotels will ensure it’s just that.

If you see a hotel with a Family symbol it means that it’s a great choice for both adults and children alike.

Don’t like crowds? On our Small Group tours the number of participants are strictly limited.

This icon highlights those hotels that support and are actively involved in local community initiatives that guests may like to get involved with during their stay.

Take to the open road and let us show you the essential stops along the way. Whether on 2 wheels or 4, by car or by motor-home our expert regional knowledge will provide the route to suit your needs. If you’re looking for a home away from home in your chosen destination, look out for this symbol which indicates that a self-catering apartment option is available.


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Getting there

Emirates Emirates has received over 500 international awards for excellence, and serves a network of more than 150 destinations worldwide. With 19 daily flights to Dubai from eight UK airports (London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow), Emirates offers quick and convenient connections to the Middle East, Far East, Indian Ocean, Africa, South Asia and Australasia. Experience The Emirates A380 The extraordinary Emirates A380 features luxurious Private Suites and Shower Spas in First Class, flat-bed seats with direct aisle access and an Onboard Lounge in Business Class, as well as a new generation of comfort in Economy Class with up to 4,000 channels of entertainment on-demand in every class and onboard WiFi throughout. The Emirates A380 flies from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow to Dubai and onwards to over 45 destinations.

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Fly Economy Class • On-line check-in opens 48 hours before the flight, and then select a seat of your choice for free • Up to 4,000 channels of entertainment on- demand at every seat • Ergonomically designed seats with adjustable headrests and up to 33-inch seat pitch • World-class service from dedicated cabin crew • Multi-course gourmet cuisine served with complimentary wine and beverages • Phone, SMS and email connectivity from every seat plus WiFi on board the Emirates A380 Fly Business Class • Complimentary Chauffeur-drive Service in over 70 destinations • Priority check-in and baggage handling • Lie-flat seats with massage function • Emirates A380 Onboard Lounge • Multi-course gourmet cuisine served with exclusive wines and spirits • Dedicated Emirates Lounges in over 30 destinations worldwide, including Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow • Shared lounge access in over 60 destinations worldwide, including Newcastle • Generous 40kg baggage allowance

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Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane plus over 70 destinations within Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific

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A sizzlin’ cruise and stay experience

Tailor-made cruise & stay packages from Cruise Plus by Travel 2 incorporate the world’s most prestigious cruise lines, as well as the best airlines, hotels, and touring companies. We offer our passengers a wealth of destinations and unforgettable experiences, allowing you to cruise to your own recipe. We work with over 45 cruise line partners, ranging from the luxurious to the adventurous and everything in-between. There’s a cruise holiday to suit everyone’s needs and an opportunity to add something special to the experience. With an array of pre and post stay options, tours and excursions, you can make the

most of your adventure to some of the world’s most exhilarating destinations.

Our aim is to enhance what all of your favourite cruise lines already do so well, giving you a cruise holiday to remember with an added bespoke touch. Choose from our portfolio of over 300,000 hotels, or even add to your holiday with a touring or rail extension to take in even more spectacular sights. The sky (or in this case, the ocean) is not the limit! Find a unique collection of worldwide itineraries in our Luxury, River & Expedition and ocean cruise brochures, and we’ll help you cook up the perfect experience.

Taking your cruise holiday full circle.






If sheer indulgence is your priority, board a luxury or ultra-luxury cruise and enjoy a lavish journey to some of the most desirable and exotic locations around the world.

From family-friendly to adult-only, mainstream

Step on board a river cruise and embark upon a waterway journey through the heart of your chosen destination,

Expedition cruising is the perfect way to unlock the wonders of the world, including some of the most isolated, fascinating, and untouched destinations, from dramatic coastlines to dense rainforests.

cruising doesn’t limit you to the ocean. Make the most of your adventure as you travel in style to explore exhilarating destinations across the globe.

docking in the very centre of the world’s most amazing cities.


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Australia Multi-centres Combine the best beach resorts Australia has to offer with iconic cities and cultural landmarks. These multi-centre itineraries have something for everyone.

n 3 nights Sydney n 2 nights Uluru n 4 nights Cairns Itinerary

Sydney, Uluru & Cairns

Accommodation 3 H hotels Sydney ibis Sydney Darling Harbour Melbourne ibis Melbourne Little Bourke Street Five Day Great Ocean Road Self Drive 4 H hotels Sydney Vibe Hotel Sydney Melbourne Adina Apartment Hotel Melbourne Five Day Great Ocean Road Self Drive 5 H hotels Sydney Shangri-La Hotel Sydney Melbourne Crown Metropol Melbourne Five Day Great Ocean Road Self Drive Accommodation 3 H hotels Sydney ibis Sydney Darling Harbour Uluru The Lost Camel Cairns Cairns Plaza 4 H hotels Sydney Vibe Hotel Sydney Uluru Desert Gardens Cairns Mantra Esplanade Cairns 5 H hotels Sydney Vibe Hotel Sydney Uluru Sails In the Desert Cairns Mantra Esplanade Cairns

Day 1: Fly from the UK to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for three nights. Why not take this opportunity to climb the bridge or go wine tasting in the Hunter Valley? Day 6: Fly to Uluru, stay at your chosen hotel for two nights. Perhaps treat yourself to a dinner under the stars by joining ‘The Sounds of Silence’ experience. Day 8: Fly to Cairns, stay four nights in your chosen hotel. This is your chance to go for a snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef or visit Cape Tribulation. Day 12: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day.

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n 4 nights Sydney n 3 nights Melbourne n 4 nights Great Ocean Road Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for four nights. Take a chance to visit the iconic sights such as The Opera House or Darling Harbour. Day 6: Fly from Sydney to Melbourne, stay at your chosen hotel for three nights. Why not take a walking tour of the lanes and alleyways of Melbourne or head over to Phillip Island to see the adorable penguins? Day 9: Great Ocean Road, pick up your rental car. Take in stops at Apollo Bay, Port Fairy, Robe, enjoy some wine tasting in the Barossa Valley before ending your journey in Adelaide. Day 13: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day.

Sydney, Melbourne & the Great Ocean Road

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n 3 nights Perth n 3 nights Red Centre n 3 nights Sydney Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Perth, stay at your chosen hotel for three nights. Day 5: Fly to Alice Springs, stay at your chosen hotel for the night. Days 6 & 7: Drive to Uluru, enjoy a scenic transfer over to Uluru to stay two nights in your chosen hotel. Marvel at the spectacle that is Uluru and be sure to capture a sunset or sunrise while there. Day 8: Fly to Sydney, stay at your chosen hotel for three nights. Day 11: Fly to the UK, arriving the next day. n 2 nights Auckland n 7 nights New Zealand’s North Island n 1 night Tahiti n 4 nights Bora Bora Itinerary Day 1: Fly from the UK to Auckland and stay at your chosen hotel for two nights. Day 5: Explore the North Island as you join your seven-night tour to visit Bay Of Islands, Rotorua and Wellington. Day 12: Fly via Auckland to Tahiti and transfer to your chosen hotel for one night. Day 13: Fly to Bora Bora for four nights on this fairytale island of jagged peaks and blue lagoons. Day 17: Fly to the UK via Los Angeles and arrive back next day. Pricesareperpersonbasedon twinshare •

Perth, Red Centre & Sydney

Accommodation 3 H hotels Perth Holiday Inn Perth City Centre Uluru Emu Walk Apartments Sydney ibis Sydney Darling Harbour 4 H hotels Perth DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Northbridge Alice Springs Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Uluru Desert Gardens Sydney Vibe Hotel Sydney

New Zealand North Island & French Polynesia


4 H hotels Auckland Skycity Hotel Auckland North Island Eight Day Northern Explorer Escorted Tour with APT Tahiti Manava Suite Resort Bora Bora Le Meriden Bora Bora 5 H hotels Auckland Cordis Auckland North Island Eight Day Northern Explorer Escorted Tour with APT Tahiti InterContinental Resort Tahiti Bora Bora Conrad Bora Bora Nui

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n 3 nights Hong Kong n 3 nights Fiji n 3 nights Fijian Outer Islands Itinerary

Hong Kong & Fijian Islands


4 H hotels Hong Kong Harbour Plaza North Point Fiji Warwick Fiji Fijian Islands Matamanoa Island Resort 5 H hotels Hong Kong Harbour Grand Hong Kong Fiji Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort Fijian Islands LikuLiku Lagoon Resort

Day 1: Fly from the UK to Hong Kong, and stay at your chosen hotel for three nights with two full days to explore this wonderful Asian city and sample its amazing cuisine. Day 5: Fly overnight to Fiji and relax for three nights at your chosen hotel on tropical white sands as you enjoy friendly Fijian hospitality. Day 9: Transfer to the Fijian Outer Islands by boat; jutting out of the shimmering waters a paradise of secluded palm-fringed beaches and aquamarine lagoons. Enjoy three nights at your chosen island hotel, the perfect way to experience authentic Fiji. Day 12: Transfer back to the mainland before flying back to the UK via Hong Kong.

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Immerse yourself in a journey of a lifetime by exploring the magnificent sights of Australia, going on an adventure in New Zealand or travelling to one of the stunning islands in the South Pacific, there is sure to be something to tempt you. Whether it’s your first time or your third time, or you’re simply travelling with your family, there is something to be discovered around every corner. Here are some highly-recommended suggestions that will not disappoint.


AUSTRALIA Australia is a vast country with magnificent sights and incredible experiences. Visit some of the highlights of Australia on your first trip, from the iconic city sites in cosmopolitan Sydney to the stunning vistas of Uluru and the world-famous Great Barrier Reef, where you will be truly amazed. These destinations are a popular triple-centre, which is commonly known as ‘Sydney, Rock and Reef’, a trip we highly recommend on your first trip to Australia. These areas provide a small glimpse of Australia and will create temptation to go back and experience more.

NEW ZEALAND Explore New Zealand, where you can venture through middle earth. One of the most popular ways to see and experience New Zealand is via a self-drive, where stunning sights can be seen around every corner. We recommend on your first trip to New Zealand to begin your journey on the North Island in Auckland and finish in Christchurch on the South Island with stops at Roturua, Napier, Wellington, Blenhiem and Kaikoura along the way, you will be truly amazed with the incredible sights and activities that can be seen and experienced during your journey! SUGGESTED ITINERARY Three nights in Auckland staying at 3* Auckland City Hotel Two nights in Rotorua staying at 3+* Holiday Inn Roturua One night in Napier staying at 3+* Quest Napier Two nights in Wellington staying at 3+* ibis Wellington Two nights in Marlborough staying at 3* Scenic Hotel Marlborough

SUGGESTED ITINERARY Three nights in Sydney staying at 3+* Travelodge Wynyard Two nights in Uluru at 3+* The Lost Camel Five nights in Port Douglas at 3+* Bay Villas Resort

Optional Sightseeing Captains Dinner Cruise from Sydney on page 57 Sounds of Silence Dinner from Ayers Rock on page 115 Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef from Port Douglas on page 87

One night in Kaikoura staying at 3+* The White Morph Two nights in Christchurch staying at 3* ibis Christchurch

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £1859 Prices are per person based on twin share. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers.

Optional Sightseeing Auckland Sky Tower on page 176 Hobbiton Tour & Lunch Tour, from Rotorua on page 184 Akaroa Day Tour with Harbour Cruise from Christchurch on page 194 Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £1829 Prices are per person based on twin share. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & 14 days economy car hire.

TOP TIPS • When driving between areas of New Zealand make sure you give yourself plenty of time as the roads can be unfamiliar and you’ll be surprised at how many times you want to stop and explore places • Travel from Wellington on the North Island to Picton on the South Island via a beautiful ferry journey, which is an experience in itself • Try local produce and sample fine wine at some of the many wineries available across New Zealand

TOP TIPS • Be sure to plan ahead and check the distances between places as they are sometimes further than you expect • Check the climate guides before you travel as Australia has two main climatic zones; tropical in the north and temperature in the south • Pre-book day tours to save disappointment • Don’t do too much in one trip as we know you’ll want to go back




AUSTRALIA Australia is such a vast destination that trying to do too much in one trip might mean that you miss out on some exceptional experiences, so we would recommend to see Australia in multiple trips. The first time visitors suggested itinerary is a key route for your first trip, however there is more to be discovered! Explore Perth, a totally rejuventated and welcoming city with stunning beaches, vineyards and wildlife all within easy access. Travel in style via the Indian Pacific on a two night, three day epic journey experiencing the tremendous beauty of the Nullabor. One arrival into Adelaide pick up your rental car and detailed pack which takes you via the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne SUGGESTED ITINERARY Two nights in Melbourne staying at 4+* Crown Promenade Melbourne Three nights in Perth staying at 4* Crowne Plaza Perth Two nights/ three days on the Indian Pacific travelling from Perth to Adelaide Four nights/ five days enjoying the Great Ocean Road Self-Drive itinerary (page 46 in reverse)

NEW ZEALAND New Zealand has picturesque locations throughout the North and South Island, complimented with a diverse range of activities to participate in. With some initial experiences showcased in the first time visitor’s itineraries, it is time to explore New Zealand further. Travel to the Southern Lake Region on the South Island and begin your trip in Queenstown, an incredible all year round destination with a large number of high adrenaline activities. Pass by charming towns along the way to the delightful Wanaka, followed by a stop at the Fox Glacier, where some of the South Island’s most glorious scenery can be seen. Next stop is Hokitika, before heading to Nelson, a popular destination for art centres and wine tasting experiences. This journey through the South Island will leave you breathless with the magnificent sights that will be seen along the way. SUGGESTED ITINERARY Four nights in Queensland staying at 3+* Mercure Queenstown Resort Two nights in Wanaka staying at 3+* Oakridge Resort Wanaka One night in Fox Glacier staying at 4* Distinction Te Weheka

One night in Hokitika staying at 3* Beachfront Hotel Three nights in Nelson staying at 4+* Rutherford Hotel

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £3189 Prices are per person based on twin share. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & transfers..

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £1849 Prices are per person based on twin share. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation & 12 days economy car hire..

Optional Sightseeing Rottnest Island from Perth on page 122

Optional Sightseeing Shotover Jet from Queenstown on page 200 Franz Josef - Heli Hike from Franz Josef on page 198 Seals & Beach Cruise & Walk from Nelson on page 193

Morning Perth and Fremantle City Explorer from Perth on page 122 Adelaide Highlights and River Druise from Adelaide on page 132

TOP TIPS • Opt for a self-drive between destinations, as you are you sure to be amazed with the sights along the way and can enjoy at your own pace • Get off the beaten track and see some hidden gems • Try out some of the regional wines at the local wineries and cellar doors • Relax on one Australia’s iconic train journey’s during your trip, it is so much more than simply a train experience

TOP TIPS • Visit Milford Sounds and see some truly stunning scenery, you may even get to see dolphins. Those seeking thrills can book trip including a kayaking experience , if desired • Don’t miss out on seeing a kiwi in Franz Josef at the conservation centre • Stop off at Punakaiki, during your drive to Nelson, to see the Punakaiki pancake rocks and blowholes • If you have time, add more nights in places to make the most of your stay


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AUSTRALIA Australia is an ideal destination when travelling with your family, as it offers a diverse range of activities that can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike. Whether it be visiting local national parks, relaxing on the beach or getting up close to koalas and dolphins, there is something for everyone to enjoy. For families we would recommend a trip to Sydney to see some of the cities iconic sights before heading north to Brisbane. When in Sydney and Brisbane there is an endless selection of excursions that can be booked prior to travel to make the most of your family trip. The Gold Coast has it all on its doorstep: theme parks, wildlife, water and rainforest activities.

NEW ZEALAND Travel to New Zealand for a family adventure. Spend the days soaking up the stunning scenery, indulge in delicious cuisine and enjoy a variety of activities that the whole family will appreciate. Travel to Queenstown and partake in a variety of outdoor activities, before travelling to the stunning region of Wanaka. Follow this with a breathtaking traverse over the Southern Alps to Fox Glacier and Hokitika. Then it will time to relax a little in contrasting but equally beautiful Nelson, where numerous activities await to entertain all the family.

SUGGESTED ITINERARY Four nights in Sydney staying at 4* PARKROYAL Darling Harbour Four nights in Brisbane staying at 4* Oaks Festival Towers Six nights in Surfers Paradise staying at 4* Novotel Surfers Paradise

SUGGESTED ITINERARY Four nights in Queenstown staying at 3+* Mercure Queenstown Resort Two night in Wanaka staying at 3+* Oaksridge Resort Wanaka One night in Fox Glacier staying at 4* Distinction Te Weheka One night in Hokitika staying at 3* Beachfront Hotel Three nights staying in Nelson staying at 4+* Rutherford Hotel

Prices are per person based on two adults and two children sharing Price from £1589 Prices are per person based on two adults and two children sharing. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers & 11 days economy car hire.

Prices are per person based on two adults and two children sharing Price from £1899 Prices are per person based on two adults and two children sharing. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation, transfers & 10 days economy car hire.

Optional Sightseeing Darling Harbour Experience from Sydney on page 57 Australia Zoo and Crocodile Express from Brisbane on page 72 Brisbane River Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary from Brisbane on page 72

Optional Sightseeing Shotover Jet from Queenstown on page 200 Skyline Gondola & Dinner from Queenstown on page 200

TOP TIPS • See some of Australia’s most popular wildlife • Visit the local theme parks and zoos around Brisbane and the Gold Coast • Why not try surfing whilst in Sydney at Bondi Beach • Head to Morton Island, near Brisbane, to see the Dolphins

TOP TIPS • Take a thrilling ride on the Luge’a in Queenstown • Take in the Auckland skyline from the Sky Tower • An alternative way to travel around New Zealand on a family holiday is via a campervan, just make sure you book your camp grounds in advance




AUSTRALIA Australia is known for its outdoor lifestyle, with its vast Outback, ancient forests, beautiful, marine environments and unique wildlife, there are countless opportunities for adventure seekers. Each of the states have their own soft or adrenalin options to excite but we’ve chosen Western Australia as an example to recommend. This twin centre trip begins in Scarborough, a beautiful beachside suburb of Perth and home to numerous surfing competitions in the glittering Indian Ocean. Then it would be a flight up to Broome and stunning Cable Beach. Adding in the one day Cape Leveque Adventure is a must when seeking a real Kimberley experience by road, as it takes you to places not many will see and allow you to fully embrace the amazing landscapes and beaches. Combining these two destinations and this day tour to your itinerary, is a great way to see spectacular sights and embrace some wonderful awe inspiring adventures.

NEW ZEALAND New Zealand is a destination for thrilling adventure. Visitors wanting to combine their love of the outdoors with their adventurous spirit can do it in the home of adventure tourism – New Zealand! Adventure activities to suit all levels of confidence can be found here, from heliskiing and skydiving up above to off-roading, horse riding and thrilling fast paced jet boat rides through stunning caverns down below. This itinerary we have put together focuses mainly on the stunning South Island, starting from the adventure capital itself, Queenstown, then through to majestic Mount Cook before heading over to Christchurch and Kairkoura, a tiny town known for its fabulous tours to see dolphins and whales in the wild. North of Kaikoura you will arrive into Nelson, for some rest and relaxation or stunning walks through the Abel Tasman National Park. The finale ends in the fun filled capital of Wellington located just over the waters in the south of New Zealand’s North Island. SUGGESTED ITINERARY Three nights in Queenstown staying at 3+* Copthorne Resort Lakefront Two nights in Mount Cook staying at 3+*Hermitage Mt Cook One night in Christchurch staying at 3* Ramada Suites Christchurch Two nights in Kaikoura staying at 3+* The White Morph Three nights in Nelson staying at 4* Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Ferry on the InterIslander from Picton to Wellington Three nights in Wellington staying at 4* Rydges Wellington

SUGGESTED ITINERARY Five nights in Perth at 4* Seashells Scarborough

Five nights in Broome staying at 4+* Cable Beach Club Resort One day Cape Leveque Adventure Day Tour from Broome, page 129

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £1739 Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accomodation, day tour as mentioned & transfers.

Prices are per person based on twin share Price from £1959

Prices are per person based on twin share. Prices are a guide only and include flights, taxes, accommodation, Interislander ferry & 15 days economy car hire.

Optional Sightseeing Swan Valley Gourmet Wine Cruise from Perth on page 122 Rottnest Island Tour from Perth on page 122 Bungle Bungle Adventurer from Broome on page 129

Optional Sightseeing Shotover Jet from Queenstown on page 200 Kaikoura Whale Watching from Kaikoura on page 194 Seals & Beach Cruise & Walk from Nelson on page 193

TOP TIPS • Experience Cable Beach in a totally new way, by 4WD or a riding a camel • Go on some magnificient walks, including a cliff walk to Gantheaume Point • Head out to Horizontal Falls described by David Attenborough as ‘one of the greatest wonders of the antural world’

TOP TIPS • Potentially extend your stay in Queenstown and head out for an overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sounds – you won’t regret it! • Book in a Glacier heli-hike during your stay in Mount Cook • Don’t forget to visit one of the many cellar doors while in Nelson, they are around almost every corner and well worth the visit


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26 day Round the World - Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific Singapore • Sydney • Uluru (Ayers Rock) • Great Barrier Reef • Auckland • Rotorua • Wellington • Fiji • Los Angeles AUSTRAL I A

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Days 1 & 2: UK to Singapore Depart the UK on an overnight flight landing in Singapore next morning when you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Settle in to explore this buzzing crossroads of Asia. Days 3 & 4: Singapore Sightseeing An included tour of the city drives through the heart of colonial Singapore, passing the Padang with its cricket pavilion, Parliament House, Merlion Park and the ‘Temple of

Days 5 & 6: Sydney, Australia Make the most of your last few hours in Singapore before you depart on an overnight flight to Sydney. On arrival next day transfer by shuttle service to your hotel. An included ‘Darling Harbour Experience’ sightseeing pass gives you access to some of the city’s most popular attractions, so why not start your stay with a gentle cruise around Sydney Harbour, hopping on and off as you go? Days 7 & 8: Sydney & Blue Mountains Sightseeing Continue your sightseeing with visits to Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, Madame Tussaud’s and the Sydney Tower. Your pass also includes a dinner at Nick’s Bar & Grill at Darling Harbour (booking essential). Next day you’ll head inland to see the spectacular Blue Mountains and the wildlife at Featherdale. Days 9 & 10: Uluru (Ayers Rock) Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Ayers Rock. Here you will be transferred to your hotel to relax before heading out for the Sounds of Silence Dinner. Rise early the next morning to experience sunrise at Uluru before heading to the majestic domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas). Enjoy a walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole before returning back to marvel at the sunset again on Uluru, whilst enjoying the sounds of the didgeridoo and a glass of sparkling wine before dining on outback cuisine with an authentic barbecue dinner.


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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Discover bustling Singapore - a dynamic and eclectic mix of cultures • Cruise Sydney Harbour • Enjoy a magical Sounds of Silence dinner in the Red Centre • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef • Explore the majestic volcanic scenery of New Zealand’s North Island • Laze and swim beside turquoise lagoons in the South Pacific paradise of Fiji • Soak up the glitz and glam of LA with a stay in one of the city’s classic grande dame hotels

Days 19 & 20: Wellington Journey through the Wairarapa region to the capital city of Wellington. On day 20 why not tour the highlights of this intimate and inspiring city and visit Zealandia, a beautiful eco-sanctuary that is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds and reptiles (own cost). Days 21 & 22: Fiji, South Pacific Drop off your car and fly from Wellington via Auckland to Fiji’s Nadi Airport where you’re warmly welcomed with a traditional shell lei and transferred to your beach hotel. Relax amidst the tropical gardens, laze on the idyllic sands or discover the spectacular scenery of Viti Levu — a true South Pacific paradise. Days 23: Fiji Islands Sightseeing Enjoy a fabulous and leisurely cruise to the exclusive Tivua Island on board the tall ship ‘Ra Marama’ or sailing catamaran ‘Fiji One’. On the island enjoy the hospitality of the crew, snorkel Tivua’s pristine reefs or just relax and stroll along the beach before returning back to your mainland home. Days 24 & 25: Los Angeles Transfer back to Fiji for an 11-hour flight that arrives the same day in Los Angeles. Make your way to your landmark LA hotel, situated downtown and perfect for exploring. Glittering Hollywood and Beverly Hills are close by as are the vast theme parks of Universal Studios and Disneyland. Day 26: Los Angeles to the UK Head back to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK, arriving the following morning.

Days 11 - 13: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef & Kuranda Transfer and fly from Ayers Rock to tropical Cairns where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel which is close to the resort’s lively Esplanade. From here, explore Queensland’s number one attraction, the Great Barrier Reef, enjoying a day cruise on Quicksilver’s high-speed catamaran to Agincourt Reef where you can swim, snorkel or view the abundant marine life and coral from the underwater observatory or semi-submersible. Embark on a full-day Kuranda & Tjapukai tour the next day. Day 14: Auckland, New Zealand Fly from Cairns to Auckland and pick up your car hire. Days 15 & 16: Rotorua Take a relaxing drive to geothermal Rotorua. Next day, explore the geysers, hot springs and boiling mudpools on your own or perhaps book an optional evening of Maori culture (own expense). Days 17 & 18: Napier Cross the vineyards of Hawke’s Bay to Napier, a unique Art Déco city. Relax and browse the quaint shops and make sure to sample some of the splendid local produce.

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Australia With its iconic attractions, its weird and wonderful wildlife and an enviable ‘beach and barbecue’ lifestyle, Australia is consistently voted the world’s most desirable destination by UK travellers. It’s a colourful country too, and you’re sure to enjoy discovering the blues and turquoises of the Great Barrier Reef, the deep red soils of the Outback, and every imaginable shade of green in its tropical rainforests.



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NEW SOUTH WALES Climb to the summit of Sydney Harbour Bridge for stunning views of the Opera House. See the early morning mist rising from eucalyptus trees in the beautiful Blue Mountains National Park. Hang out with the surfers on the uncrowded white-sand beaches of Byron Bay. NORTHERN TERRITORY Keep a look out for crocodiles on a wetlands billabong cruise in Kakadu National Park. Hike through the strange but beautiful red rock formations of Kings Canyon. Learn of ancient Aboriginal traditions at Uluru, then watch the Combine the action-packed playground of Surfers Paradise with bushwalking in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Cruise the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, or relax on the silica sands of Whitehaven Beach. Enjoy diving or snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef, one of nature’s finest spectacles. WESTERN AUSTRALIA Explore cosmopolitan Perth, and enjoy a spot of indulgent wine tasting at world-famous Margaret River. Hand-feed friendly bottlenose dolphins at Monkey Mia – a unique wildlife encounter. Take a thrilling 4WD tour into the vast Outback scenery of The Kimberley. mesmerising sunset. QUEENSLAND








SOUTH AUSTRALIA Stroll the leafy streets and parklands of Adelaide, an elegant and cultured city. Spot wild kangaroos, koalas and echidnas amidst the spectacular scenery on Kangaroo Island. Visit the picturesque Barossa Valley, renowned for its award-winning wines and gourmet restaurants. VICTORIA Make time to discover Melbourne, with its cutting-edge culture, sports, fashion, food and entertainment. Take a self-drive tour along the Great Ocean Road, one of Australia’s finest coastal routes. Enjoy the ‘penguin parade’, as they waddle back to their burrows on Phillip Island. TASMANIA Visit historic Port Arthur, which stands as a moving testament to the lives of the first convict settlers. Explore the striking coastal scenery of Freycinet National Park, on foot or by kayak. Take a cruise on the Gordon River, into one of the world’s last unspoilt wildernesses.


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Australia Rail Travel Australia is home to some of the world’s greatest train journeys, and a rail trip across this vast continent allows you to travel in comfort and style. These journeys are perfect as an extended touring experience or simply as an alternative to flying between key cities.


Indian Pacific The Ghan The Overland Great Southern XPT/Xplorer Queensland Rail


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JOURNEY BEYOND SERVICE • On board Indian Pacific, The Ghan and Great Southern, let Journey Beyond transport you back to the golden age of rail travel • Enjoy fabulous dining in the Queen Adelaide Restaurant with locally-sourced ingredients plus all-inclusive wines and beverages • Off Train Excursions with expert local guides • Comfortable private cabins with large panoramic windows


INDIAN PACIFIC Named after the two oceans it encounters on its journey, the Indian Pacific travels between Perth, Adelaide and Sydney (and vice versa) on a spectacular 4,352km transcontinental crossing. With weekly departures year round and a range of unique and engaging Off Train Excursions included, you can relax in style and comfort while experiencing some of the best food, drink and hospitality that Australia has to offer. THE GHAN 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of this iconic rail journey that snakes through the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. Connecting the cities of Adelaide, Alice Springs & Darwin and offering both a three day and a four day Expedition itinerary (subject to seasonality), a myriad of cultural experiences and natural wonders await you, from Aboriginal Dreamtime stories to the towering sandstone gorges of Nitmiluk National Park. GREAT SOUTHERN Running its inaugural journeys in Dec 2019 and Jan 2020, experience this exciting new rail route from Adelaide to Brisbane and vice versa. Whether you travel from west to east taking in Grampians National Park and the nation’s capital Canberra, or on the westbound route sampling fine wines in Hunter Valley and visiting the famous Twelve Apostles, make the Great Southern the highlight of your trip to Australia’s South East.

QUEENSLAND RAIL The Spirit of Queensland operates up to five times per week between Brisbane and Cairns (and vice versa) offering a renowned service with innovative features such as the comfortable RailBeds, while the Tilt Train provides a daily, cost- effective option between Brisbane and Rockhampton (and vice versa). Spirit of Queensland from £129 per person. Tilt Train from £59 per person. XPT & XPLORER Travelling between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and beyond, the XPT & XPLORER services provide a viable alternative to flying for customers looking to twin major State capitals. Choose from daylight and overnight services on most routes with Economy or First Class seating as well as private two-berth sleeping compartments on overnight journeys. Prices from £79 per person. Please call for your specific route. THE OVERLAND After more than 130 years, The Overland continues to provide a relaxing means of connecting Melbourne and Adelaide. With two weekly departures in each direction, you’ll experience a comfortable journey as the diverse landscapes pass by your window. Semi-reclining seats, generous legroom and dedicated hospitality attendants all ensure you arrive refreshed and ready to explore the city. Prices from £99 per person


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