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The Great Ocean Walk is the most stunning walking in Australia. ( A big claim I know, but you will see what I mean). You will be completely immersed in nature for 6 days. It will bring you immense joy and laughter and nourish your spirit. It's a wonderful opportunity to camp out on a magnificent track without having to do anything but carry your own small day pack! Some of the hikers who have attended this walk with us before had never done a multi day walk or camped before: Their verdict: They loved it - and will be taking on more adventures like this in the future. So don't worry if you are new to camping or multi-day hikiing. The Walk winds for 105 kilometres along the stunning cliffs, beaches, bays and inlets from picturesque Apollo Bay to the famous 12 Apostles. You will experience the magic of spending 6 days in the bush and the thrill of walking from camp to camp, arriving to find your tent set up and your dinner being served. All meals, snacks and water are provided for you on the trail. Accompanied by an experienced leader all you will have to do is put one foot in front of the other whilst you enjoy the stunning scenery and the gorgeous wildlife. You are likely to see many Koalas in their natural habitat, kangaroos, echidna's, snakes to name a few. Join us for this 8 day magical adventure, 6 days walking and 1 day either side of the walk to travel to and from Victoria. Early bookings are essential and a 50% non refundable deposit will secure your place. Numbers are limited due to the national parks restrictions. 7 nights and 8 days Depart Sydney for Apollo Bay : Friday December 27th approx 6.40 a.m. Depart Apollo Bay for return to Sydney: Friday 3rd January 2020 approx 9.30 a.m. Inclusions Return Airfares - Sydney to Avalon Return Transfers from Avalon to Geelong and Geelong to Apollo Bay 2 nights accommodation in Apollo Bay (shared) 5 nights accommodation on the trail (a tent just for you) Camping Site Fees. Entry to Cape Otway Lightstation. Lunch at the Light- Keepers Cafe. All meals whilst you are on the trail, including drinks and snacks. Experienced leader with remote first aid qualifications, Group First Aid Kit and Emergency Locator Beacon. All Camping Gear: Tent, Self Inflating Sleeping Mat, Sleeping Bag with cotton Liner, Pillow, Headlamp, rain poncho, flynet, Tent is set up, packed up and transferred for you from camp to camp. Transfer of backpack/duffle bag/overnight bag. Drinking water brought in to camp. Bush tucker talk at Lighthouse by indigenous guide Local history at Lighthouse Fresh air, beautiful scenery and native animals Not Included Meals and snacks whilst travelling to and from the start of the walk on Day 1 and the after the walk has finished on Day 6. Medical/travel insurance Investment in your health and well being and supreme happiness: Early Bird: $1,900 (non refundable deposit $500 paid by 1st June 2019 to secure your place) balance of $1,400 due by 1st December 2018 Late Bird: $2,100 ($500 non refundable deposit received after 1st June 2019). Balance due by 1st December 2018. Contact me directly by email or message if you have any questions. Michelle
For the first time ever in the history of the Shikoku pilgrimage a bus tour is being offered for English speakers in May/June next year led by Professor Dym. Professor Dym is an american who lectures in Japanese history and culture at the University of Sacramento. His is fluent in Japanese, has travelled extensively throughout Japan, has lived in Japan and has also walked the entire Shikoku Pilgrimage. This is a unique travel opportunity if you are interested in Japan, Japanese culture, Japanese food, Buddhism, the serenity of beautiful Buddhist temples and travelling with others. It will be a 14 day round trip from Sydney to Tokushima. It isn't necessary for you to be Buddhist or to believe in anything but it is important to understand that it is a Pilgrimage tour and participation in the rituals at the temples is considered respectful. Shikoku is the fourth largest island of Japan. It is mostly rural with many small traditional villages. This makes it all the more appealing as you experience more traditional Japanese culture and food then you do in the areas that are catering to the hordes of tourists. As a pilgrim who has visited all 88 Temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage on foot I am now an official ambassador of the pilgrimage. I feel privileged and excited about the opportunity of introducing others to the pilgrimage, the 88 temples, Shikoku and the inspiring buddhist priest Kobo Daishi who first brought buddhism to Japan and is the founder of Shingon Buddhism in Japan and many of the 88 temples. Kobo Daishi also known as Kukai was born on Shikoku and was a man before his time. He is attributed with many amazing achievements including ensuring that education was available to all regardless of their social status (prior to that only the aristocracy in Japan could read and write and had access to education). He ensured women were able to attend temples when in the past they had been excluded. He was admired and respected by the common people as well as ruling elite at the time. The dates: Thursday 21st May - to Wednesday 3rd June Thursday 21st May arrive in Osaka/Tokyo and travel to Tokushima. Friday 22nd May - 1st June - Visit 88 Temples on Shikoku and travel to Koyasan - resting place of Kobo Daishi. 2nd June - Spend time in Koyasan ( a UNESCO World Heritage Site) before travelling to Osaka. Overnight in Osaka. 3rd June - Depart Osaka for Sydney. What’s included: Pilgrimage tour led by Professor Jeffrey Dym who has taught Japanese history and culture at Sacramento State University since 1998. Professor Dym will lead participants in the rituals and sutra readings at each temple and provide historical commentary about the temples and Japan throughout the tour. 13 nights accommodation, 1 night before the tour, in Tokushima, 1 night after the tour in Osaka and 11 nights on the tour. All transportation from Kansai International Airport, Osaka to Shikoku, around Shikoku, to Koyasan and back to Osaka and Kansai International Airport. All accommodation staying in a mixture of traditional Japanese Guesthouses, Western Style Hotels and Temple Lodgings. All meals whilst on the the pilgrimage, from lunch on the first day to breakfast on the last day. A white pilgrim’s vest or coat. Japanese language familiarisation sessions prior to travelling to Japan What’s not included: Your return airfares from Sydney to Osaka: Your Travel Insurance Snacks, alcohol, Additional pilgrimage gear such as stamp book and temple stamps, candles and incsense Meals when you are not on the pilgrimage walking/bus tour Investment in this wonderful educational, cultural and spiritual fully supported walking/bus tour in Shikoku, Japan. Single $4,200 Twin share or double $3,900 Triple share $3,800 Interested? Want to know more? Limited to 10 participants. Please RSVP and email me directly at [masked] with your telephone number to discuss further.