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AUSTRALIA DEC. TOUR

2003-05 DATES # DAYS TOUR AGES
Dec. 28 '04 - Jan.  7 '05 11

Gold Coast Classic

16 - 19

Australia – the Destination

Unknown to many Americans, Australia has one of the world’s top Olympic softball teams. Additionally, this sparsely populated country has produced over 50 current Major and Minor Leaguer baseball players and boasts a professional league of their own. Sports in general and fastpitch specifically is a passion Down Under. Aussie softball is organized on a club system where individuals play for the club of their choice. Some of the strongest clubs traditionally come from the New South Wales and Queensland regions you’ll be visiting.

Because it is such a remote island-nation, Australia ’s ecosystem is different that much of the rest of the world. A recent book on the subject suggests that over 90% of all living things (plants, animals, insects, etc.) in Australia exist nowhere else in the world. Whether you are lucky enough to encounter a kangaroo, wallaby or koala in the wild you will surely see things you have never seen before. Your tour will take you to one of the most historic cities Down Under.

Sydney is Australia 's premier city, the oldest settlement on the continent, the economic powerhouse of the nation and the country's capital in everything but name. Built on the shores of stunning Port Jackson, you would have to die and go to heaven before you see a more spectacular setting for a city. It's a vital, self-regarding metropolis, exuding both a devil-may-care urbanity and a slavish obsession with global fads.

Despite its brutal European beginnings as a British penal colony, the city's mixture of pragmatic egalitarianism and plain indifference has transformed it into a thriving multicultural society with an out-and-proud gay community. The Sydney area was originally the ancestral home of the Eora tribe, and evidence of its original Aboriginal inhabitants survives in some 2000 rock engravings and suburb names.

Your tour will also include stops along the Gold Coast. Whether it’s Brisbane or Surfer’s Paradise this unique region enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year. It is a haven for foreigners who come to enjoy the many beaches and golf courses. It is also a popular getaway spot with the Aussies. Whether it’s the Radisson Resort Gold Coast or the Royal on the Park in Brisbane you are sure to enjoy this beautiful tourist area.

GOLD COAST CLASSIC
SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY '03-'04

Day
1

Assemble in Los Angeles. Depart Los Angeles on an evening flight for Sydney, Australia.  The overnight flight includes meals, movies, and beverage services.

Day
2

This day is “lost” in crossing the International Date Line. However, the time is “regained” on the way home.

Day
3

Arrive Sydney . After clearing Australian customs and immigration formalities, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to hotel for check-in. This afternoon, an orientation of your Coogee Beach Resort area is planned and free time to unpack, relax and recover from the flight.

Day
4

A morning cruise of Sydney Harbor provides you with a great overview of the city. Be certain to bring your camera as the Opera House is perfectly seen from the boat deck.
Day
5

Featherdale Wildlife Reserve features kangaroos you can feed, emus, wallabies, Tasmanian Devils, platypus, and of course, koalas. You can even have a photo taken with a koala! Also, visit the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Day
6

Spend the morning at the beach, enjoying the South Pacific waves, sand and sun. Later in the day, back to the ballpark for games.

Day
7

A day off from softball today. Take the jetcat ferry from Manly to downtown Sydney for time in the Rocks region of the city. Site of the first British Colony in Australia, the area is full of great shops and restaurants. Then, over to Darling Harbour and the Sydney Aquarium with its “walk-thru” shark tanks. Then, on the city’s monorail to Centerpoint Tower and mall.

Day
8

Fly north today to Brisbane, capital of Queensland.  Hotel check-in on arrival. Tour Manager’s orientation of the local area. Game in Brisbane with a local club is also scheduled.

Day
9

Game this afternoon. During free time, explore at Southbank Parklands.

Day 10

A doubleheader is scheduled for today. After the games you will have free time in the evening for last-minute shopping and packing.

Day 11

An early morning departure for the airport and return to the USA. The day you “lost” in crossing the international dateline is regained on your return.  Arrive Los Angeles the same day and catch connecting flight home.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Lodging at tourist class or better hotel.  

  • All-you-can-eat full buffet breakfast and dinner.  

  • 8 games against top team from  Australia.

  • Instructional clinics and seminars.

  • Pick-up and drop-off service at the Gateway City.  

  • Ground transportation to all events.  

  • Sightseeing excursions.

  • Staff of college coaches, athletic trainer, and English-speaking administrators.  

  • Secondary medical insurance.  

  • Coast to Coast uniform package (yours to keep!). 

  • Ratio of one adult staff member for every 6-7 players.  

FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA

 

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