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Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center


with Sharon Ullman
January 3-24, 2015

We invite you to join an exclusive Bryn Mawr only trip to the Lands Down Under. We will travel from Australia’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef to the storied Outback and Ayers Rock to sophisticated Sydney; from New Zealand’s towering Mt. Cook and breathtaking Milford Sound to high-spirited Queenstown and nautical Auckland. This 22-day journey begins in Cairns. Ride the historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda for time to explore. Descend to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park via the gondolas of Skyrail. Board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef where you can swim, snorkel, or view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel. Embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour and learn about the ancient culture of the Walpiri tribespeople. We will watch the sun set over the fabled Ayers Rock and then travel to Sydney where we will tour the highlights of the city, board a catamaran for a lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour, and enjoy ample leisure time. Next, we fly to New Zealand and explore Mt. Cook National Park, take a cruise through the breathtaking fjords of Milford Sound and visit geo-thermal Rotorua.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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Preliminary Itinerary
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Days 1 & 2: Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia

Depart U.S. for Cairns, Australia

Day 3: Arrive Cairns

This afternoon we arrive in Cairns, gateway to Australia’s Far North and the Great Barrier Reef. We transfer to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a briefing and dinner. D

Day 4: Cairns/Kuranda

We take an orientation tour of Cairns then board an historic railway to the mountain village of Kuranda. After time to explore we descend to Tjapukai Aboriginal Culture Park via the gondolas of Skyrail. Showcasing the culture of the rainforest people, Tjapukai ranks as Australia’s premier Aboriginal cultural attraction. B

Day 5: Great Barrier Reef

This morning we board a boat for a day-long excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, at 1,200 miles long the world’s largest living organism and richest marine resource. We pull up at Michaelmas Cay where we can swim, snorkel, view the reef from a semi-submersible vessel, or take a guided birding tour. B,L

Day 6: Cairns/Alice Springs

We take a morning flight to Alice Springs, where we see the Anzac Hill Monument to Australian and New Zealand soldiers, Royal Flying Doctors Service, and School of the Air, which provides schooling to widely scattered Outback children. Tonight we enjoy a traditional dinner in the “bush.” B,D

Day 7: Alice Springs

This morning we embark on an Aboriginal “dreamtime” tour, to meet Walpiri tribespeople and learn about their ancient culture. Then we visit Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm, where we enjoy a picnic lunch and see the sheer rock walls aglow in reflected sunlight. B,L

Day 8: Alice Springs/Ayers Rock We reach our Ayers Rock hotel early afternoon. After lunch on our own, we visit

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is the traditional land of the Anangu Aboriginal peoples and home to the Olgas rock formations and Uluru (Ayers Rock). We watch the sun set over this fabled sandstone monolith that rises to a height of 1,114 feet. B

Day 9: Ayers Rock/Sydney

This morning we visit the base of Uluru and the interesting museum here. Mid-day we fly to Sydney, arriving late afternoon. B

Day 10: Sydney

Today’s tour features the breathtaking Royal Botanic Gardens, Darling Harbour and Mrs. Macquarie’s Point, Rose and Watson’s bays, and popular Bondi Beach. Then we board a catamaran for a lunch cruise around Sydney Harbour. B,L

Day 11: Sydney

This morning we tour Koala Sanctuary Park, where koalas roam free. Next we drive along Sydney’s Northern Beaches, a string of 18 stunning playgrounds, then stop in fashionable Manly for free time and lunch on our own. B

Day 12: Sydney

After we tour the iconic Sydney Opera House this morning, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration. Tonight we enjoy dinner at the Waterfront Restaurant, with excellent seafood and beautiful harbor views. B,D

Day 13: Sydney/Christchurch/Mount Cook National Park, New Zealand

We fly this morning to Christchurch, New Zealand, where we board a motorcoach for the drive to Mount Cook National Park (Aoraki in the native tongue). We reach our hotel located inside the park this evening in time for dinner. B,D

Day 14: Mount Cook

This morning’s tour of alpine Mount Cook Village and environs includes a visit to the Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Center, where we see a 3D planetarium movie about the region. We also visit the Hillary Gallery, commem¬orating Sir Edmund’s achievements, including the first ascent of Mount Cook’s difficult South face. At 12,316 feet, Mount Cook is New Zealand’s tallest mountain. After time in the village for lunch on our own, this afternoon is at leisure; optional activities include hiking and scenic flights. B,D

Day 15: Mount Cook/Queenstown

We depart this morning for Queenstown, stopping en route in historic Arrowtown for lunch on our own followed by a visit to Kawarau Bridge Bungy, the world’s first bungy jump operation open to the public. Mid-afternoon we reach Queenstown, New Zealand’s “adventure capital.” B,D

Day 16: Milford Sound

Our day-long excursion to Milford Sound includes a nature cruise through the breathtaking fjords. We have lunch on board then later have the opportunity to return to Queenstown on an optional scenic flight (weather permitting). B,L

Day 17: Queenstown

After a morning at leisure, this afternoon we take a boat across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak High Country Farm to watch the well-trained sheep dogs and to see a sheep-shearing demonstration. B

Day 18: Queenstown/Rotorua

We depart this morning for Rotorua, with its geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot thermal springs, and a center of Maori culture. This afternoon’s tour includes the new Rotorua Museum, among other highlights. B

Day 19: Rotorua

This morning and early afternoon are at leisure; late afternoon we visit Te Puia Thermal Reserve and Maori Cultural Center for a traditional hangi dinner and performance. B,D

Day 20: Rotorua/Auckland

En route to Auckland, we stop this morning at Ruakuri Caves to see the unique glowworms that illuminate the underground grottoes and caves. We reach Auckland late this afternoon; we’re on our own for dinner tonight. B

Day 21: Auckland

Our half-day tour of this city set atop 48 volcanic hills features glittering Auckland Harbour and the America’s Cup Village. We also visit the War Memorial Museum, with its prized Maori and Pacific Islander collections. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 22: Depart for U.S.

Very early this morning we depart for the airport for the flight to Los Angeles (via Sydney) and our return flights home. B


Exploring Australia and New Zealand Extension

Auckland on your own

Enjoy the sparkling “City of Sails” at your own pace. Your Tour Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at Pullman Auckland Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport
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Cost and program Inclusions

Prices include international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees.

Los Angeles $9,178
Phoenix, San Francisco $9,378
Dallas, Houston,Portland (OR), Seattle $9,478
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, $9,578
Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, Tampa Baltimore, Charlotte, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC $9,678
Land Only $7,895

Please call if your city is not listed. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees of $983, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $2,195.

All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees) are guaranteed.

Program Inclusions
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 19 nights' accommodations in Deluxe, Superior First Class, and First Class hotels
  • 31 meals: 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of local Odysseys Unlimited Tour Directors
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
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Faculty Study Leader

Sharon Ullman
Sharon Ullman

Leading our trip will be Sharon Ullman, Professor of History at Bryn Mawr College. Professor Ullman received her PhD from the University of California Berkley. Ullman specializes in 20th-century America with an emphasis on popular culture and gender. She is the author of Sex Seen: The Emergence of Modern Sexuality in America and Sexual Borderlands: Constructing an American Sexual Past (with Kathleen Kennedy). Her current research project, Brainwashing: The Anxious Mind of Cold War America is under contract to NYU Press. Her courses include such topics as the history of sexuality, the culture of the cold war, and film and national identity.

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