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Welcome to the Outback After more than 50 years that I have been fortunate enough to own and operate APT, you may be surprised to know that I still long for exploring this amazing world we live in and meeting the local characters along the way. The one destination that has always been, and always will be, in my top three picks is this amazing country of ours, which I am fortunate to call home. For 2016, we are once again excited and proud to offer you a range of fantastic itineraries, including some Rob, Geoff and Lou McGeary

great new ones too. Whether you have never visited the Aussie Outback, or you have been visiting longer than me, you are guaranteed to fall in love with these special parts of Australia.

In 1964, I took my first group into the Outback. It was group of students from St Leonard’s College on a camping trip to Central Australia. In those days, there were only dirt roads with hardly any accommodation along the way. As I was driving, it made me wonder how the first settlers and early explorers survived this unforgiving land. Since then, access has become a lot easier, however the Outback remains practically untouched, filled with that same spirit and sense of adventure. From that one school excursion, it has been humbling to reflect upon how our Australian Outback program has evolved over the past 50 years. Whether it’s standing on the tip of mainland Australia at Cape York, walking along the salt flats of Lake Eyre, cruising the wetlands of the Top End or venturing through the remote Kimberley, we have been fortunate to have shared these special places with so many of our guests, and are honoured to continue to showcase the very best of Outback Australia.

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Find Your Unforgettable in the Outback The APT Difference APT’s Iconic Outback – Unforgettable Inclusions Chose Your Dream Adventure The Australian Experts Celebrating 50 Years of Outback Touring Signature Invitations – Queensland & South Australia Signature Invitations – Northern Territory & Western Australia Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve Ambient Dining

Main image: journey to the heart of the Red Centre and discover the iconic Uluru Front cover image: explore the pristine wilderness of Cape York

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Stations Hotels & Resorts – Queensland & South Australia Stations Hotels & Resorts – Northern Territory & Western Australia APT Wilderness Lodges Great Barrier Reef Cruising APT Club SuperDeals 2016

QUEENSLAND 34 Cooktown & Cape York 38 Cape York with Reef Cruise 40 Essence of the Outback 42 Essence of the Outback with Reef Cruise

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Watch the sun go down as you cruise to a remote island on the Great Barrier Reef. Immerse yourself in Australia’s Indigenous heritage in Kakadu and the Tiwi Islands. Walk under Kangaroo Island’s Remarkable Rocks to greet a fur-seal. Stand where three states meet at Cameron Corner. Or venture back to the Red Centre and climb to the top of Kings Canyon, from where you can peer down into the Garden of Eden. These are the unforgettable moments that create a holiday of a lifetime. As you may already know, we have been committed to protecting the environment for many years now, demonstrated by our Advanced Eco Accreditation. Continuing in this vein, I am pleased to announce our new partnership with Australia Zoo, allowing exclusive access to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve on our Cape York tours. We look forward to welcoming you to this protected part of Australia, where you can learn first-hand about their incredible research and conservation programs. As I tell my friends, your travels are not complete until you properly experience Australia’s Outback for yourself. By land or reef, let