Adventure Travel – Best of Australia 2013

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February 2-17, 2013

$1675 basic land cost + (optional: $1125 side-trip to Uluru (Ayers Rock)) + estimated $1600 airfare*

Leaders:
Gary Hellenga (406) 587-9271 hellenga_gary@bah.com
Daedra Pierce (719) 510-2453 daedrapierce@yahoo.com

Say “G’Day” and explore the unique wonders of the Land Down Under with CMC Adventure Travel!

Upon arrival in Sydney, we’ll explore this fascinating city and its scenic harbor, and begin getting a glimpse of the unique Aussie wildlife and culture, including an option to tour the world-famous Sydney Opera House. Then we’ll head up to explore the hikes, vistas, and waterfalls of the Blue Mountains. From here, we’ll drive to Kosciuszko National Park and hike Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, one of the fabled Seven Summits. After returning to Sydney, we’ll change gears by flying to Cairns in the tropical north of the country, and spend a day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, and another with a visit to the rainforest – and keep a good watch out for crocodiles!

An optional extension will have us flying from Cairns to the Aussie ‘Outback’, for hikes around the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock) and rock domes of Kata Tjuta National Park, as well as getting to know more about the local Aboriginal culture. Then we’ll return to Sydney for a final night before departing for home!
We will be hiking scenic paths of the Blue and Snowy Mountains, and prospective participants should be fit enough to tackle climbs up to 12 miles round-trip and with climbs of up to 2,000 feet. Basic alpine trekking skills are required. We will be using hostel or budget hotel accommodations, and a maximum of 12 participants will be accepted.

Price includes all in-Australia transportation, lodging, park entry fees, and package Great Barrier Reef / rainforest tour; participants will be responsible for own U.S. – Australia airfare, Australian visitor visa, meals, gear, and entry fees for optional Sydney tours.

*Final trip price is subject to change depending on number of participants and fluctuations in exchange rates.

Request trip application packets (available March 25th) by email from Gary or Daedra, or by mail at 1017 O’Connell Drive, Bozeman, MT 59715.

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