Check Out Exclusive Australian Tour Package, Including Airfare, Offered to U.S. Travelers

Exploring the national parks of the Great Divide, arguably one of Australia’s most significant landforms, is only part of the allure of Nature-Bound Australia’s “The Great Divide” trip. These 14- or 19-day adventures also include fascinating forays into the culture, history and legends of the Land Down Under, leaving guests enthralled by both what they see and hear on a trip unlike any other.

In addition, an extraordinary tour package has been crafted exclusively for U.S. travelers. This tour price includes regular tour cover, as well as excellent return economy or business class fares from Los Angeles, a night of lodging before and after the official tour begins and ends, and breakfast in two of Australia’s premier cities, Sydney and Brisbane, either side of the tour. This exclusive offer ends September 30 and is valid for early bookings for tours departing October–December 2004.

The Great Divide determines Australia’s weather patterns and habitats, influences both coastal and inland people’s lifestyles, and affects the flow of the major river systems—plus provides some of the most stunning sightseeing in the world. Trip highlights include:
* A panoramic ascent of Australia’s largest granite rock, second only in size to the other Australian icon Uluru (Ayers Rock), the largest rock in the world.
* Guided walks amid massive granite tors, pyramids, balancing rocks, forests and heath supporting the abundant, permanent bird and wildlife population of Girraween National Park, also known as the Place of Flower.
* Rugged gorges carved by wild rivers and one of the world’s highest waterfalls.
* A visit to Queen Mary Falls and Main Range National Parks, rich with abundant bird life and typical sightings of colorful king parrots and crimson rosellas.
* Day walks in Cathedral Rock and New England National Parks with sculptured rocks and granite tors, soaring wedge-tailed eagles, grazing kangaroos at dusk and unsurpassed wilderness panoramas stretching 40 miles to the Pacific Ocean off a precipitous escarpment.
* Memorable moments of mist shrouding the ancient Antarctic beech trees of Barrington Tops National Park while guides talk of evolution linked to the super-continent of Gondwana, when Australia was severed from Africa, South America and Antarctica and started drifting north—the most influential natural event in the country’s history, giving rise to the strangest continent on earth. Half of Australia’s plant species, one-third of its mammals and birds, and almost two dozen endangered species of animals depend on this wilderness national park.
* Chiselled sandstone escarpments, grand canyons and historic cliff face trails of the Greater Blue Mountains National Park, reaching into a misty blue vista created by fine droplets of oil released into the atmosphere by the eucalypt forests.
* Gardens of Stone and Wollemi National Parks with their sandstone escarpments and pagodas, Australian koalas in the wild and glow worm tunnel.
* The limestone wonders of Jenolan Caves, unwittingly discovered by a party tracking down and arresting a bushranger, hiding out in his wilderness lair.
* The 19-day option includes an exhilarating walk to the highest point in Australia, Mount Kosciuszko, through remnant carpets of snow and prolific springtime bloom.

In addition to these inspiring sites, the Great Divide Tour also provides intriguing insights into the country’s rich history and culture with visits to historic Tenterfield, birthplace of Federation and the marriage of Australia’s most celebrated bush poet AB “Banjo” Paterson (author of Waltzing Matilda and The Man from Snowy River); Bluff Rock, the scene of a dark page in Australia’s indigenous history; the village of Stroud, built by convicts in the mid-1800s with construction overseen by a former Arctic explorer; and the fine-wine production and thoroughbred horse breeding region of the Hunter Valley.

This small-group journey along The Great Dividing Range offers a variety of classic Australian walking experiences through 14 national parks and numerous side features undiscovered by mainstream tourism. Participants quickly learn there is far more to Australia beyond its much publicized icons.

The tour price covers almost everything, including all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner (with wine if desired), plus morning and afternoon teas; a variety of quality accommodations, tour transport, two guides, all national park entry fees and other generous inclusions, travel treats, tour mementos, celebration dinner, a tour field reference library and more. Guests only need to cover free time, personal costs and travel insurance.

Nature-Bound Australia and its employees are dedicated to socially responsible business practices and sustainable tourism, achieving minimal impact on communities and environments, on wildlife and their habitats. The company encourages respect for all people and cultures, providing economic benefit and opportunity locally, and sharing exceptional experiences while protecting the natural resources for the benefit of others who follow.

To find out more about Nature-Bound Australia and this exclusive offer to U.S. travelers, call +61 7 3254 1911 or visit www.natureboundaustralia.com

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