Adventures in Australia
Combine California's best beaches, the rugged beauty of the Oregon coast, add abundant exotic wildlife and some great rock digging: That's Australia's south coast! We'll hunt calcite, selenite, smoky quartz, spectacular fossils, and geodes while camping with kangaroos, koalas, and emus. We pick you up in Melbourne and travel through the heart of Australia's gold rush country. Their rush was bigger than California's, and produced picturesque towns with beautiful architecture.
We'll explore the "bush", with its abundant wildlife, camp at private mining sites, and experience the real Australia. You'll easily fill your carry-on luggage with good specimens, and we'll ship the rest home for you. Dig, hammer, and collect your way across our favorite stretch of Australia!
Read our trip report is here.
Next trip: late November, 2013. Precise dates adjustable to your schedule.
- $2600 per person for 9 days. Indoor accommodation at B&B's and in 'onsite vans' ... comfy, clean cabin-like units unique to Australia.
Same trip plus opal digging at Andamooka available to adults only:
- $3200 per person for 13 days.
2013 TRIP DATES:
November 23 to December 3. Six spaces available for adult travelers, email us to book. This trip includes the opal digging option (13 days total), but we can arrange for you to return to Melbourne after 9 days.The fine print: Prices are in US dollars and do not include airfare. Email us for a sample itinerary and Aussie photo album. Trips are custom designed to the interests of participants. Current round trip airfare prices between Seattle and Australia start at $1200. Trips are scheduled anytime we have a party of 3 to 5 who want to go. Best travel months are February - April, and October - November.