Monday, January 4, 2010

GOLD COAST MARATHON/HALF MARATHON- Gold Coast Australia

July 2 to July 8, 2010 - Basic Package
June 28 to July 11, 2012 Basic Package with Extensions


Contact Corrinne 949-292-0532

The Gold Coast Marathon is Australia's largest marathon attracting a large international  field. It takes place along the vibrant Gold Coast of Southern Queensland where the weather is ideal. The course is flat is great for those looking for a fast time.
This package was designed by Sue Rudolph owner of Amazing Running Tours who is a Premier Aussie Specialist selected by Tourism Australia as one of the top in US. She winner of the 2006 OPAL award presented by Tourism Australia for the Best Niche Itinerary 2007 finalist for Best Individual Itinerary and best Niche Itinerary. Sue has been to Australia many times and works with the best suppliers. This trip offers not only a great marathon but an unforgettable trip to Australia. at an exceptional value.

You may design your own customized itinerary if you prefer something different!
Basic Packages Includes:
Round-trip transfers Brisbane to Gold Coast
3 Nights  4 star Accommodations in Gold Coast
Optional Race Entry
Carbo loading Party
1 Night at O'Reillys Rainforest  Retreat in Lamington National Park
2 Nights in Brisbane with visit to Australia Zoo

Total Cost  =   $1335 per person   Based on Double Occupancy
Single Supplement = $695
 
International Air from West Coast approx $1000
Post Marathon package to Sydney  July 7 to July 11
4 Nights 4 star accommodations Sydney
Half-day sightseeing tour Sydney
1 Full Day Blue Mountains Walkabout
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
Full Day to explore Sydney on own
Total Cost with Sydney = $2260 per person   Based on Double Occupancy
Single Supplement = $1190

 
Basic Package with Cairns  - Jun 28 to July 7

All airport  transfers
3 Nights 4 star Accommodations in Gold Coast
Optional Race Entry
1 Night at O'Reillys Rainforest  in Lamington National Park
1 Nights in Brisbane with visit to Australia Zoo
Carbo Loading Parry
Round-trip airport transfers
4 Nights 4 star accommodations in Palm Cove
1 Full Day Great Barrier Reef Cruise
1 Full Day exploring rainforest
1 Free Day to relax on beach or enjoy optional activities
Tjapukai by Night Aboriginal Dinner Show
Total Cost  with Cairns extension only = $2015  per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement = $975
 
Total Cost with Cairns and Sydney = $3175  per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement = $1495
 
Early Booking discount $100 per person if deposit is received by Jan 1m 2010


2 JULY ARRIVE GOLD COAST

Arrive into Brisbane ex flight from LAX. You will be met and transferred to your hotel by your coach driver.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Surfers Paradise
Standard room
3 nights

03 JULY FREE DAY

Day at leisure. You will have opportunity to pick up your race packet at the Expo.
Carbo Loading Dinner

04 JULY MARATHON

Take the shuttle to the Marathon departure point


05 JULY GOLD COAST HINTERLAND (D)

You will be transferred to O’Reilly’s and Lamington National Park  today by coach.

O'Reilly's is situated in the centre of the cool, quiet rainforest of Lamington National Park. Explore this beautiful National Park, with over 20 000 hectares of sub tropical rainforest. Hear the calls of native birds as you walk through the tree tops, 16 metres above the rainforest floor. Learn the history of the O'Reilly family and of the heroic rescue by Bernard O'Reilly of two survivors from the Stinson plane crash. Lunch (own expense) is available overlooking the green valley below.

Accommodation: O Reilly’s Guest House
Mountain view room
1 night / 1 breakfast
06 JULY AUSTRALIA ZOO BRISBANE (B)
Transfer to Brisbane
Overnight Nantra on Queen
Standard room
1 night


07 JULY AUSTRALIA ZOO BRISBANE

Today you will be transferred to the Australia Zoo by coach

Although best known for the crocodiles and the live crocodile feedings, the zoo is also known for featuring exhibits of other Australian wildlife, including Asian otters, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, snakes, and (until 2006) a giant Galápagos tortoise called Harriet, who was generally acknowledged as the world's oldest living chelonian when she died on June 23, 2006, at the age of 176. The Zoo also features a smaller selection of animals from around the world, including elephants, tigers, cheetahs and Komodo Dragons.
Australia Zoo was named as one of Australia's Best Major Tourist Attractions for 2003-2004

You  will be transferred to your hotel in Brisbane or to airport if going to Cairns.

Accommodation: Mantra on Queen Brisbane
Standard Room
1 night


07 JULY DEPART BRISBANE

You will be met by your coach driver and transferred to airport for your flight to Cairns
Those returning to the US will spend 1 additional night in Brisbane before departing on July 8


************************ CAIRNS PRE MARATHON PACKAGE************************

28 JUNE ARRIVE CAIRNS

You will be met by your coach driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Mantra Amphora Palm Cove
Ocean Spa room
4 nights

29 JUNE GREAT BARRIER REEF (L)

Cairns Australia Premier Sailing Vessels offer you to cruise to Australia's magnificent marine park - the Great Barrier Reef for diving, snorkelling & sailing. Set sail aboard our 5 Star Catamarans & capture the spirit of the Great Barrier Reef.

Michaelmas Cay is a picturesque reef sand island surrounded by magical coral gardens teeming with an incredible diversity of marine life. The Cay is a protected seabird sanctuary playing host to over 20,000 migratory seabirds ... one of the most important nesting sights in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tour includes:
Four full hours on the reef
Air conditioned coach transfers from your hotel (City & Cairns Beaches)
Morning refreshments
Superb hot & cold buffet (includes seafood)
Afternoon tea
Snorkelling demonstrations and tuition
Use of all snorkelling equipment
Use of flotation vests
Informative ecological presentations by our qualified marine biologists
Informative tours on our air-conditioned semi-submersible
Guided bird tours
Live musical entertainment on the homeward sail to Cairns
A complimentary glass of champagne

30 JUNE RAINFOREST SAFARI (L)

Relaxing rainforest sightseeing tour, suitable for all ages. Naturalist guides, walks, swimming.
Wooroonooran National Park is located away from the beaten tourist tracks so you can revitalise yourself in tranquil rainforest settings. In addition to the educational first-hand rainforest experience, we also include fun activities you may never have experienced before.
Driving time is very short and you will spend a great time in the diverse locations, wetlands, crocodile farm, Josephine falls…

1 JULY FREE DAY     TJAPUKAI DINNER SHOW

Day at leisure. You can relax on on Beach or enjoy an optional activity
Options include kayaking, rafting, visit to lava tubes and more

Tonight you will be transferred to Tjapukai park
A powerful and personal experience that will leave you with a deep and lasting memory, and open your heart to the beauty and power of Australia’s ancient indigenous culture!

You will be transferred back to your hotel after the show.

2 JULY DEPART CAIRNS FIR BRISBANE

Today your coach driver will transfer you to the airport.


**************************** SYDNEY POST MARATHON PACKAGE********************

7 JULY  ARRIVE SYDNEY

You will be met by your coach driver and transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation: The Menzies
Standard room
4 nights

8 JULY AM CITY TOUR  AND SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE CLIMB

Depart your hotel for an unforgettable Panoramic Sydney half-day city sights tour. On tour you'll visit the historic Rocks area and hear early convict history. Enjoy magnificent views of the Opera House & Harbour Bridge. See the shopping heart of the city, QVB, Centrepoint.
Visit Sydney's trendy new district Oxford Street. Travel through elegant Paddington with its terrace houses before arriving at the Pacific Ocean. See the superb coast cliff walk around Tamarama and Bronte. Travel on to famous Bondi Beach. Visit the beachfront promenade, enjoy a coffee or cool drink (at own cost). See bronzed Aussie lifesavers & Sydney's best panoramic view.
Return to Sydney via Double Bay, Kings Cross & city centre.

2.00PM  BRIDGE CLIMB

This afternoon you will have to make your own way to Sydney Harbour Bridge for climbing. You get a real overall sense of Sydney from the harbour and Opera House, across to the coastline and right out to the Blue Mountains. Climbing in the day has a vibrant, bustling, energetic feel.
In every direction you look you're bowled over by an awesome view of the world's most beautiful harbour. Nothing else in Sydney gives you this breathtaking perspective.

9 JULY BLUE MOUNTAINS WALKABOUT

Take the train from Sydney to Katoomba where you will be met by your tour guide

Blue Mountains Walkabout invites you to enter our dreaming. Awaiting you is an inspiring ancient quest we now call “walkabout”. This is a mesmerising initiation of our Aboriginal culture and the wild Australian bush. Traditionally this was a holistic journey of self discovery while travelling to distant lands to gain understanding and respect for other tribes. To accept this journey required courage. To complete this journey required bravery. Today this standard has been retained so you will not only have an authentic experience but you can also be touched by a deeper level of spiritual connection.
Explore a lost world of amazing Aboriginal sites. Become a part of our dreamtime and gain a special understanding of our local Darug culture by actually experiencing what our life used to be like. Find secret places - hidden wonders that you will not see on any other walk or tour. Discover the real Blue Mountains, not from a busy lookout but from the inside out! There are no buses, no tourists and we venture off track to feel the freedom of endless wilderness. This walkabout will stimulate your senses, enrich your spirit and give you a timeless connection to our sacred land.
At the end of  the day you will be taken to train for your return trip to Sydney
10 JULY FREE DAY

Day at leisure to explore Sydney on your own
Optional tour to Hunter Valley Wine Region


11 JULY DEPART SYDNEY AUSTRALIA FOR USA

Today your coach driver will transfer you to the airport.
 

Contact Corrinne 949-292-0532