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Upfront www.sellingdownunder.com .......................... .............................. ...................................... .............................. .............................. ............................ ........................................................ ............................................ ........................................ .............................................................................................. ...................................................................................................................................... ............ ...................... .......... ............................ ................ .............. ................ .......................................................................................................... .......... ............ Di sco ve r... .................................................. .................................................................................................................... ...................................................................................................................... ................................ Welcome to the new look on-line Selling Down Under, which after 14 years as a printed publication has ‘gone green’ – no more chopping down trees to produce paper, and no more air freight and road distribution. Instead, we give you a magazine that is ecofriendly – and one that can offer many extras. Added to that we have gone monthly, and from now on our growing registered on-line readers (14,000 + and growing) will receive a short e-mail to tell them when the new edition is available on screen. And we have not stopped there. During the months ahead we will be adding many more features to ensure our readers are getting news they can really use when packaging Australia as a travel destination. Register now Have you registered yet ? If not, simply send your e-mail address to register@sellingdownunder.com. It will not be passed to any third parties. In this edition we focus very much on Aboriginal tours and attractions – keeping to those operators who have internationally-ready product – such as award-winning Bookabee Tours, who take visitors to the rugged Flinders Ranges in South Australia (pages 8 and 9). We also look at what other Aboriginal product is available in South Australia (pages 14 and 15), as well as in the Northern Territory (pages 10 and 11) and Tropical North Queensland, where Don and Judy Freeman (see photo), who were co-founders of the highly successful Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park near Cairns, have set up Aboriginal Experiences North Queensland. The Freemans’ new project represents a trio of unique Aboriginal touring products: the Cape York Turtle Rescue, Aurikun Wetland Charters and Walker Family Tours (pages 24 and 25). Our other major features in this edition take a look at touring in Outback Queensland (pages 4 and 5), a top class eco-resort close to Port Douglas (pages 12 and 13) and the emergence of a new Australian accommodation giant (pages 18 and 19). Enjoy reading, and come back again next month. Alan Dean Editor alan@sellingdownunder.com Judy Freeman mentors Aborginal tours J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m 3

The Spirit of the Outback departs from Brisbane every Tuesday evening and Saturday lunchtime on a 1,300-kilometre journey to Longreach where visitors are assured of a wonderful insight into Australia’s rugged pioneering history. The 24-hour trip follows Queensland’s coastline to Australia’s ‘cattle capital’ of Rockhampton, before heading west along the Tropic of Capricorn on its way to Longreach, from where extended touring packages are available. One of the leading tour operators in the region is long-established and multi-award winning Outback Aussie Tours, a locally-based company owned by Alan ‘Big Al’ Smith, who packs a lot into his tours. A fi ve-day package Alan is a member of the highlyrespected Savannah Guides, a network of professional tour guides offering a valuable in-depth knowledge of the natural and cultural attractions of north Queensland, the Northern Territory and the Kimberley region of Western Australia. One of the most popular Outback Aussie Tours’ packages is the fi ve-day/ four-night Legendary Longreach & Win ton adventure: encounter an array of colourful Outback Queensland characters, visit award-winning attractions, and take in unforgettable landscapes along the way. For visitors arriving on Wednesday lunchtime with the Spirit of the Outback, the tour gets under way with a visit to the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame – an excellent tribute to Australia’s pioneering folk. Then after checking in at the Longreach Motor Inn it’s time for dinner under the stars at Banjo’s Outback Theatre, followed by a sheep-shearing demonstration and a little banjo entertainment. Big Al’s Winton dine-around The second day of the tour is unique – it starts with a visit to Longreach Cemetery. Hardly the greatest start to a day after a hearty Outback breakfast, you might think. But you would be wrong. A character called Garry, who would probably do well as an actor on the stage of a Broadway or London theatre, walks tour members among the old tombstones, and brings alive the stories of hardship and humour that were experienced by the region’s early pioneers. Leaving the cemetery, the next stop is the small town of Winton, a journey that takes you through vast open plains and creeks lined with coolibah trees. Once in Winton it’s time to explore the award-winning Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum in the world dedicated to Outback Adventure The Queensland Outback’s big welcome From humble beginnings as a stock route junction on the ‘long reach’ of the Thomson River, historic Longreach is now serviced by road, rail and air and offers a big Outback welcome to visitors. Sunset at the stockyard Big Al – a Savannah guide w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7