November 2011: AAT Kings, Australia’s number one tour operator, has launched its 2012/13 program with more authentic local experiences, exceptional properties and value for money than ever before.
The new itineraries on offer, covering Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland and Southern Australia include AAT Kings exclusive You Are Invited experiences and accommodation in unique properties such as Cable Beach Club Resort, Castaway Resort in Mission Beach, Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Top End and Emma Gorge Resort in El Questro National Park.
A key highlight of the 2012/13 program is the exclusive You Are Invited feature, available across the majority of itineraries. These unique opportunities ensure you have the chance to immerse yourself in the local communities you are visiting through unique meal experiences, which capture the true essence of a destination through its history, its locals and its produce.
You Are Invited experiences in 2012/13 include visiting Australia’s oldest operating rum distillery in Kununurra, Western Australia and enjoying outback cuisine and local rum with the distillery owners. Or in Central Australia, dine at the Earth Sanctuary Nature Centre and meet and learn about the sustainable lifestyle of the local Falzon brothers.
At Palandri Estate in Margaret River, enjoy a delicious locally produced private vineyard lunch with the winery’s owners matching the signature estate wines with your cuisine. Or in far north tropical Queensland, AAT Kings guests are invited into the home of a local couple where they meet the owners for an exclusive barbeque lunch at their Federation Style mansion.
AAT Kings has also upgraded accommodation across the board with the Novotel, Crowne Plaza and Mantra brands consistently used throughout the programs.
AAT Kings itineraries include all accommodation, many meals, the services of a professional Tour Director and Driver, travel in the luxurious comfort of AAT Kings Mercedes-Benz vehicles and airport transfers.
To celebrate the launch of the 2012/13 programs AAT Kings is offering Early Bird Savings across itineraries. Examples include:
- AAT Kings 17-day Outback Wonders guided tour: Discover the best of outback Australia, travelling from Sydney to Darwin and make savings of up to $1740 per couple when you book 12 months in advance.,Priced from $8345 per person, twin share (land only), some of the many highlights include travel from Sydney via the picturesque Riverina, join a guided foodie tour of Adelaide Central Market, explore Wilpena Pound and Flinders Range, visit Coober Pedy, the opal capital of Australia, witness Uluru at sunrise, wander the domes of Kata Tjuta, climb the mighty Kings Canyon, swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mataranka Thermal Springs, cruise Katherine Gorge, discover Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and enjoy the tropical city of Darwin. This tour is valid for travel until 31 March 2013.
- AAT Kings 11-day Best of the Kimberley guided tour: Take the trip of a lifetime with AAT Kings’ from Darwin to Broome and make savings of up to $990 per couple when you book 10 months in advance. Some of the many highlights include exploring tropical Darwin; taking a cruise on the spectacular Katherine Gorge; learning about the pioneering family of Durack Homestead; seeing Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake; exploring Hidden Valley National Park; seeing the unique birdlife of Parry Lagoon Nature Reserve; taking a refreshing dip in the waterhole at Emma Gorge; exploring El Questro Wilderness Park; cruising the waters of Chamberlain Gorge; visiting Lirrgarn Argyle Diamond Mine and relaxing on Cable Beach in Broome. Priced from $6635 per person, twin share (land only). This tour is valid for travel until 31 March, 2013.
To find out more about the great range of AAT Kings’ Australian holidays visit the website www.aatkings.co.nz  or see your travel agent.