Savannah Guides School Undara Experience 26-29 March 2015 “Story Telling in Savannah Landscapes” Savannah Guides invites you to Undara Experience in Queensland’s Gulf Savannah for our next Savannah Guides School. This four day workshop will look at how we can tell the stories of this dramatic volcanic landscape and its changing plant communities and wildlife. Our School base at Undara Experience is a Savannah Guides heartland celebrating 25 years of operation. We’ll visit Tallaroo Hot Springs and the Ewamian Rangers, the Undara Crater and Bedrock Village. Please join us at the Undara Savannah Guides School for some fascinating field study, interactive professional development, a welcoming network of old and new friends and a lot of fun! The Gulf Savannah Tourism Futures Conference will be held on Friday 27 March with our partner Savannah Way Limited. Conference participants are welcome to register for any additional days of the Savannah Guides School. WHO ARE SAVANNAH GUIDES? Savannah Guides Limited develops the skills and careers of tour guides. It is a non-profit, member based network of Tour Guides and Operators that works with its partners to support “Protectors and Interpreters of the Outback”. Savannah Guides Limited began in 1988 and has won numerous tourism awards for training and tourism services. Our activities build sustainable tourism businesses for regional community benefit, expand career opportunities for Tour Guides and enhance visitor experiences. Our members include accredited guides and enterprises as well as “Friends” who assist in our Mission or just have a good time with like-minded people. For more details see www.savannah-guides.com.au. WHAT IS A SAVANNAH GUIDES SCHOOL? A Savannah Guides “School” is not a course with assessment or a qualification. It’s simply our name for professional development conferences, held at various locations across Northern Australia twice each year. They are a part of our Tour Guide accreditation process, although most participants come for the open knowledge and skill sharing, networking with ecotourism and community leaders and enjoying a fascinating part of the country in more detail. WHO CAN ATTEND? Members and non-members are very welcome. Schools are a great opportunity for any Tour Guide, tourism industry member, government or community representative or nature lover to gain a real insight into quality tourism operation. Our participants will include tourism businesses and organisations, tour guides, environmental specialists, traditional owners, local government representatives and land managers. The professional development opportunity provided at these Schools is unparalleled and the renowned Savannah Guides camaraderie is often the basis for valuable ongoing business and personal relationships. Build your network links with Savannah Guides. Please join us for this memorable and informative School and pass this information to your networks. Further Information available after 1 February: E: [email protected] T: 0408 772 513 W: www.savannah-guides.com.au Facebook: Savannah Guides Limited SAVANNAH GUIDES SCHOOL PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Undara Savannah Guides School will provide valuable skills training around telling the stories of the savannah landscape. We’ll look at the formation of the landscape, traditional knowledge, plant identification, conservation and of course some fun twitching. Wednesday 25 March 2015 Optional early arrival at Undara Experience to check in or set up camp. Welcome drinks and optional BBQ at the Saloon Car (dinner and drinks at own expense). Thursday 26 March 2015 Welcomes, Savannah Issues 7.00am Optional Bush Breakfast. 8:00am Registration at the Saloon Car. 9:00am School Opening and Welcomes. Professor Bruce Prideaux of James Cook University will discuss regional tourism research insights. The Australian Herbarium will discuss the development of a Savanna Plants Key. School Twitchathon – join our fun bird spotting competition to build your birding skills. An afternoon walk through transitional habitats will focus on plant identification, traditional bush knowledge and thematic story telling. Learn about changes to land tenure in the Queensland bush with Kevin Allen. Mike Digby of Northern Gulf Resource Management Group will explain the GIS Mapping and Spacial Awareness programs in the Gulf Savannah. QPWS Sponsored Dinner at Fettlers Iron Pot Bistro. Friday 27 March 2015 Undara Crater: Tour Guiding Activities Join an optional “Bird Watching for Guides” session with Ivor Davies. Field trip to Undara Crater, the eruption source of the world’s longest and largest lava tubes. Hear the interpretation of a leading Geologist, QPWS land managers and other specialists. Participate in a creative story-telling exercise to discover some of the ways to explain natural events. Tonight one of our favourite sessions – a look at the night sky with Savannah Guide Jim Fitzgerald Gulf Savannah Tourism Futures Conference On Friday 27 March this important regional planning workshop will welcome TEQ, TTNQ, Gulf Shire Councils and operators from across the region. Relevant strategic plans will be examined and local input gathered to direct the Gulf Savannah’s ongoing Marketing and Experience Development activity. Enterprise owners and managers and tourism stakeholders are welcome to join this vital planning day in the Undara Conference Room. Tourism Futures Conference participants are welcome to register for any of the other days of the Savannah Guides School. Saturday 28 March 2015 Tallaroo and Mount Surprise Optional Early Morning Birdwatching. After Bush Breakfast we’ll drive to Tallaroo Station to see how the Ewamian Rangers are rehabilitating the landscape and planning for tourism business. Discuss the Responsible Tourism perspectives of the development of Tallaroo Station. Hear about Fire Management in the region. Enjoy Lunch at Skull Camp. Visit Bedrock Village Caravan Park, a Savannah Guides Site and award winning travellers’ stop. Joe Lockyer will discuss the importance of community conservation and the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group. Return to Undara for a final party night when we’ll bring out the guitars, didges, ukes, spoons and voices for a jam. Sunday 29 March 2015 Lava Tubes Tour and General Meeting Optional Early Morning Birdwatching. Bush Breakfast with the Kookaburras. Lava Tubes Tour with Undara Guides examining the history of the National Park and the amazing underground formations. Enterprise Managers are welcome to join a session about our new “Supporters” category and building social media awareness. Savannah Guides General Meeting is open to all. Members will be discussing a range of strategic issues. Twitchathon Results and Prizes. Depart Undara Experience after lunch. Program Disclaimer: The speakers, topics and schedule are correct at time of printing. Savannah Guides Ltd reserves the right to change the schedule without notice should unforeseen circumstances arise. REGISTRATION FORM – Undara Experience – 26-29 March 2015 Please send your Registration Form and payment to Savannah Guides. Registration closes Friday 20 March 2014. Accommodation must be booked separately with Undara Experience – see form below. Name of Individual attending: _________________________________________________________ From – Enterprise/Organisation: _______________________________________________________ Email: ___________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Mobile: _________________________Fax: _________________ Postal Address: ____________________________________________________________________ Dietary or Medical Requirements: ______________________________________________________ ___ Please do not distribute my contact details to other participants after the School ___ Please do not use any images of me in Savannah Guides promotions REGISTRATION Your Registration Fee includes participation in all School presentations, workshops and activities; transport to field activities and participant kit; all meals from Morning Tea on Thu 26 March to Lunch on Sun 29 March 2015. The Registration Fee does not include accommodation. Book accommodation separately with Undara Experience below. Full School Registration – Non-Members Full School Registration – Members (Thu / Fri / Sat / Sun) $475 (Thu / Fri / Sat / Sun) $395 Single Day Rate – Non-Members Single Day Rate – Members $160 $140 Gulf Savannah Tourism Futures Conference $ 80 If Single Day Rate please indicate your arrival and departure day and time for catering purposes: Day: _____________ Arrive: _____ Depart: ________ REGISTRATION TOTAL PROMOTIONAL PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Non-Member Brochure / Merchandise in the School Participant Kit Half Page Advertisement in the School Program Morning or Afternoon Tea / Lunch / Dinner Sponsorship PAYMENT $ _____ $ 50 $100 $250-$1500 PARTNERSHIP TOTAL $ _____ PAYMENT TOTAL $ _____ Please tick and complete your payment method below. Cancellation administration fee $50 per person. a) b) ___ Direct Deposit: Account Name: Savannah Guides Ltd BSB: 034-167 Account No: 47-1141 To help identify your deposit please complete the reference field on your transfer with your surname. Please also email [email protected] to advise us of your payment. I have paid by Direct Deposit on ____ /____ /____ ___ Credit Card: Please circle: VISA / Mastercard Name on card: _______________________________ Signature: _________________________________ Card No: ________ / ________ / ________ / ________ Expiry date: ____ / ____ c) ___ Cheque/Money Order: Please make your cheque or money order payable to Savannah Guides Ltd and mail with your registration form to Savannah Guides, PO Box 2312 CAIRNS QLD 4870. d) ___ My enterprise will be paying. Please send a tax invoice. Please email to [email protected] or fax (07) 4035 4188 or PO Box 2312 CAIRNS QLD 4870 Note that our office is not open during January – confirmations will be sent in February. ACCOMMODATION BOOKING FORM Undara Experience Savannah Guides School School Registration must be made separately with Savannah Guides – see form above. Please send your completed Booking Form (this page only) direct to Undara Experience. Their Reservation Staff will then be in contact with you. Name: _____ Address: Contact Ph No: Email: Arrival Date: Departure Date: Number of Guests: Adults: Children: Cancellation Policy: * * * * * 30 days or more 29 – 21 days 20 – 14 days 13 – 7 days Less than 7days - Payment fully refunded 25% of payment forfeited 50% of payment forfeited 75% of payment forfeited Entire payment forfeited Accommodation Preference (Please Check Box): Pioneer Huts Railway Carriage Swag Tent Camp Site Powered Van Site Second preference: ________________________________________________________ Booking Procedure: 1. Please send your completed form to Undara Experience by either: a) E-mail to [email protected] b) Fax to 07 4097 1955 c) Post to Undara Experience, C/- Mount Surprise Post Office, Mount Surprise, QLD, 4871 2. On receipt of Booking Form, Undara Experience will E-mail / Fax/ Post a confirmation letter 3. Full pre-payment required at time of Reservation Please note that your booking request is subject to availability. One of our team members will be in contact with you as soon as possible to advise you of your reservation status and process payment. Full pre-payment is required. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL! Pioneer Huts - $170 per night Nestled in the Savannah Woodland, yet close to Undara Central, is Undara Experience’s latest accommodation development embracing modern day initiatives to ensure they perfectly suit the Undara brand. The Pioneer Huts are fully air-conditioned with bathrooms and a private veranda perfect for relaxing or wildlife spotting allowing you to immerse yourself in this Outback landscape in complete comfort. One Queen bed and One Sofa bed Linen included Air Conditioning Tea & Coffee making facilities Room Fridge Railway Carriages – From $75 - $165 per night Beautifully restored turn of the century Railway Carriages are our award winning and most unique style of accommodation. The carriages are set along an original Cobb & Co. coach road, shaded by tall trees and surrounded by native Australian wildlife. 25 rooms (53 beds) – single through to family rooms Linen included Fans Insect screens Shared bathroom facilities 6 Ensuite Doubles available Easy access room and bathroom Double Ensuite: Standard Double / Twin: Standard Family (2A,2Ch): Standard Single: $165.00 $155.00 $135.00 $ 75.00 Please note that your booking request is subject to availability. One of our team members will be in contact with you as soon as possible to advise you of your reservation status and process payment. Full pre-payment is required. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL! Swags Tent Village - From $43 - $122 per night Like camping without roughing it? Then our Swags Tent Village is ideal. Large and comfortable permanent tents in a shady bush setting. 20 tents (84 beds) – Twin, Quad, 6 person and Family Tents Central amenities with hot and cold water Practical undercover camp kitchen with hot and cold water Free gas barbecue, fridge, electric hotplates, picnic tables and chairs Electric light, insect screens, beds/mattresses, cooler box Quad, 6 Person and Family Tents have their own convenience area with fridge, sink and power point Linen available for hire No cooking utensils are supplied however kits are available for hire Twin: Quad: 6 Person: Family: Linen Hire: Cooking Kits: $ 43 per night $ 95 per night $122 per night $122 per night $ 10 per person per stay $ 10 per stay Outback Caravan Park and Camp Ground Rejuvenate in the peace and quiet surrounded by natural bush and abundant wildlife. 28 Powered Sites (21 Drive-Through, 7 Reverse-In) 23 Unpowered Drive-Up Camp Sites Central Amenities Block with hot and cold water Individual Campfire pits/barbeques Firewood available for purchase at Reception Un-Powered Site Adult: Child: Family: $13.00 $ 9.50 $44.00 Powered Adult: Child: Family: $18.50 $ 9.50 $56.00 Please note that your booking request is subject to availability. One of our team members will be in contact with you as soon as possible to advise you of your reservation status and process payment. Full pre-payment is required. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL!
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