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Dear Educational Travellers and Friends,  


Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

We trust that this, our latest newsletter, finds you safe and well.
 

It’s pleasing and a great relief to know that vaccinations are rolling out across the world. Although there have certainly been a few hiccups since Christmas, both New Zealand and Australia are on track towards ensuring there are a minimum number of COVID-19 cases within the community, not withstanding the latest Auckland lockdown which hopefully successfully contains any further spread.
 

With Australia allowing interstate travel and with an increasing level of optimism for a ‘travel bubble’ with Australia in the near future, we are now pleased to announce that we are guaranteeing two Australian tours:

The Wonders of Tasmania (09 – 23 April 2021) and
Legendary Outback Track Safari in South Australia and Birdsville (20 April – 02 May 2021).

 

Each of these tours offers the opportunity to travel with a small group of like-minded people and to experience a vastly different region with the expert guidance and insights of our outstanding local guides and the care of our program leaders.
 

Peter Burns, our Program Leader for The Wonders of Tasmania, has led many tours to this beautiful island-state. He’s always amazed by what Tasmania has to offer with miles of pristine world heritage wilderness, national parks and coastlines, quaint towns and villages, a thriving local food and wine culture with ad hoc history lessons along the way. He is looking forward to sharing this unique experience with you.
 

(N.B. Places on both of these tours are filling fast and should you need to cancel due to Covid-19 restrictions any prepaid deposit can be either refunded or transferred to a future tour).
 

 

The Wonders of Tasmania - 09 April - 23 April 2021

From south to north and east to west, we will experience the diverse natural environment of Tasmania while exploring historic and beautiful towns and staying in comfortable hotels and lodges. This is an island tour unlike any other with an incredible range of inclusions over an unforgettable two weeks.

Full details of our The Wonders of Tasmania tour can be seen here

 

Legendary Outback Track Safari in South Australia and Birdsville - 20 April - 02 May 2021

Follow in the footsteps of early explorers and pioneers along the three famous Outback tracks of Oodnadatta, Birdsville and Strzelecki. All are remote, harsh but beautiful 4WD Tracks steeped in history. Be transported back in time as you hear tales of the people who opened up this great vast country with stories of hardship, strength, family values and the Australian pioneering spirit. Sleep in the unique Desert Cave Hotel in Coober Pedy and experience perhaps the best night’s sleep you’ve had in a while.

Full details of our Legendary Outback Track Safari in South Australia and Birdsville tour can be seen here

 

Australia's North West Adventure in Style - 08 July - 19 July 2021

Our program compares and contrasts the peoples and traditions of the Alpine countries of Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria, and Italy. We explore the differing regions of Switzerland, from the wooden mountain villages of the Jungfrau to the sophisticated Alpine resort of Davos and to the mediaeval towns of the Rhine Valley. We explore the differing regions of Austria, from the cosmopolitan city of Salzburg to the fiercely independent province of the Tyrol. We also experience the Dolomites, the former Hapsburg domain now an autonomous region of Italy, as well as the former Kingdom of Bavaria.

Full details of our Australia's North West Adventure in Style tour can be seen here

 

Wildflowers of Western Australian Photography Tour - 18 August - 30 August 2021

(non-photographers welcome too!)

A few hours north of Perth, Mother Nature’s finest offerings are on display where wildflowers bloom on Western Australia’s Coral Coast and hinterland all year round. The best time though is between late July and early October when blankets of brilliant wildflowers colour the Outback landscape. Why not experience this incredible natural beauty on a soft-adventure, small group tour aboard a purpose built 6WD tour vehicle and hosted by an expert driver guide, together with a professional photographer tour escort.

Full details of our Wildflowers of Western Australian Photography Tour can be seen here

 

Norfolk Island - 26 November - 03 December 2021

Norfolk Island has a unique beauty, with its renowned tall majestic pines, crystal clear waters, sheer cliff faces, coral reefs and beautiful beaches. Norfolk Island, which lies directly east of Australia and north of New Zealand, is far more than a picturesque island in the South Pacific, it is paradise with a past.

Full details of our Norfolk Island tour can be seen here

 


We are still looking forward to many more years of providing you with exciting travel opportunities and we are continuing our work to compile a wide range of tours for the rest of 2021 and 2022, including more new and exciting local destinations across Australia and New Zealand. This information will appear progressively on our website and via newsletters in the coming few months.

As we mentioned in our last newsletter, although no one has any idea when the threat of the virus will pass, it will – and when it does, we will be here to welcome you on another Golden Compass tour packed with fulfillment.

In the meantime, stay safe and well.

Alison, Kerry and the best team of Program Leaders

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The Wonders of Tasmania:

09 April - 23 April 2021

From south to north and east to west, we will experience the diverse natural environment of Tasmania while exploring historic and beautiful towns and staying in comfortable hotels and lodges.

 



Inclusive of field trips, local guides, gratuities and many meals.