Thank you from Ellen Moellering

Dear Karen,

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

Dave and I had the most awesome trip ever. Thank you for arranging our wonderful 3 week journey through Australia. Everything went perfectly as planned.

This trip was an eye opener for us. Seeing the outback national parks by staying in all the unique, comfortable and exclusive accommodations you provided was heavenly. 

The food was always delicious and a culinary experience.

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

Photo credit to Ellen Moellering

It would of seemed impossible to explore the destinations we visited without the transportation your team provided. Every pilot, captain, guide and work staff were so friendly and informative. This was surely an historical, cultural trip for us. Thanks again, to all the people we met on this trip thru your booking.

We really had fun in beautiful Sydney, going to all the delightful spots. Just a great city and full of historical culture. Loved the beaches, all thru Australia, wow!

Thanks again Karen, job well done. 

Sincerely,

Ellen Moellering

 

Conde Nast Traveler Award Winning Luxury Outback Accommodation Longitude 131

Longitude 131, an exquisite eco-sensitive wilderness accommodation, recently honored as the Conde Nast Travlers Readers Choice award, brims with infinite sensory delights mixed with a sense of serenity and spirituality.  Featuring just fifteen private luxurious tents and direct views of Uluru, Longitude 131 is an outback experience where opulence meets authentic Australian heritage and indigenous culture comes to life.

While visiting the majestic Red Center, sunset and sunrise tours of World Heritage Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park are led by our knowledgeable specialist guides who assist travelers in getting off the beaten path, away from the hundreds of tourists, to ensure a personal viewing experience.

For a truly remarkable 5 star dining experience, discover the wonders of the Southern night sky at Table 131, where you will dine at a secret location under the stars. Champagne and canapés are served along with an extravagant three course outback meal, paired with luscious wines all enjoyed as the sun sets over spectacular Uluru.  Naturally this is the perfect setting for a recently introduced authentic native dance performance of Australian Aborigines where story-telling and the droning rhythms of a didgeridoo fill the night air.

Contact us to include this truly captivating experience in your GLORIOUS South Pacific adventure!

Australian Outback

ARKAROOLA – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Arkaroola is a 380 square miles privately owned wildlife sanctuary in the rugged Northern Flinders Ranges just to the east of the Gammon Ranges National Park in South Australia. The surrounding area includes spectacular arid zone mountain terrain, picturesque gorges, water holes and wildlife unique to the area. It is a truly fascinating region with dramatic, ancient hills where some of the rocks are estimated to be older 1,000 million years and marine fossils are being found from 600 million years ago giving proof to the fact that our Outback was once an inland sea.

BROKEN HILL – NEW SOUTH WALES

People used to say that you would find Broken Hill beyond the Darling River on the edge of the sundown, as if there was nowhere further to travel in Australia.

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Perhaps it was the feeling of being confronted by an unspeakably vast space that looked like an inland sea rolling into the sunset. The desolate landscape surrounding Broken Hill is like driving towards a painting of soft mauve and sage hues. Is it any wonder the city has become known as a Mecca for artists? It is there that the magnificent clear blue skies and the magic light are much loved by film makers from Mad Max 2 to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

It is in Broken Hill that the big red kangaroos will run one hundred and twenty five miles in a night chasing a thunderstorm, and the unique Sturt Desert Peas bloom in dark red soils. The Tower Mulloch heaps around Broken Hill represent billions of dollars spent on mining that drove the economy of a fledgling nation. In this historic city it is easy to be reminded of the struggles of the pioneers. What greater adventure can there be than to travel to the Australian Outback via the Indian Pacific train where our special guide will meet you at railway station when you arrive in Broken Hill. You will be taken on a journey through the national parks to discover the Outback and the opal mining area of White Cliffs. There will be time to noodle for opals as you walk around in the old field At Lightening Ridge you will discover the true meaning of the word remote Here people live in houses built under the ground to escape the extreme heat of the Aussie sun.

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Australian Adventure

Helicopter pub-crawl, Sydney
Join our helicopter pilot on a Sydney pub-crawl. Your morning will start with a glass of champagne at the helipad. After take off your pilot will fly the length of Sydney Harbour before flying inland to your first pub, built in 1860. After a glass of the famed Dr Jeurg’s Jungle Juice you will fly to the Hunter Valley, the premier wine growing area of New South Wales. After flying low over the vineyards you will land at the Hunter Resort for lunch and a wine tasting. Following lunch you will fly to St Albans and land on a sand bridge. Here you will join the locals in their tiny pub built by convicts in 1863. You will return to Sydney via helicopter having flown along the rugged Sydney coastline and Sydney countryside.

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Australian Ultimate 28 Day Action Packed Adventure

Australian Action Packed Adventure

DAY 1-3: In Sydney: Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge. Sailing on Sydney Harbour. Explore the Blue Mountains.
DAY 4: Fly to Adelaide.
DAY 5-7: 3 Day South Australia Outback Adventure in Southern Flinders Ranges and Wilpena Pound.
DAY 8-9: Explore Kangaroo Island, Seal Bay and Flinders Chase.
DAY 10: Fly to Darwin. Half Day Darwin City Tour.
DAY 11-13: 3 Day Camping in Kakadu National Park.
DAY 14: Fly to Cairns.
DAY 15: At Leisure in Palm Cove.
DAY 16-20: 5 Day Wilderness Adventure.
DAY 21: White Water Rafting on the Barron River.
DAY 22: At Leisure in Palm Cove.
DAY 23: Full Day Great Barrier Reef Tour.
DAY 24: Fly to Brisbane. Transfer to your Rainforest Retreat in Lamington National Park.
DAY 25-26: At Leisure in Lamington National Park.
DAY 27: Transfer to Brisbane.
DAY 28: Depart Australia.

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Down Under Adventures Begin Atop Birmingham

Published: Monday, August 16, 2010 by The Oakland Press

Karen Hardy-Hodgson — a corporate wife armed with a green card and a passion for her homeland — has developed a thriving international boutique cottage travel business.

When she isn’t jumping out of planes, the Sydney native and Australia 2000 Travel founder can be found going on a walkabout or perched above the downtown Birmingham street scene where she creates “trip of a lifetime” adventures for her diverse client-base of honeymooners, retirees and adventure-seeking world travelers.”

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