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Oz Fest #11. "The Red Centre" Australia. Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2014

Oz Fest #11. "The Red Centre" Australia. Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2014

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  • Friday May 23rd [ Details ]
  • Saturday May 24th [ Details ]
  • Sunday May 25th [Details ]
    • 0615 - Bus "to Uluru (Ayres Rock)" departs DT hotel
    • Breakfast at Stuarts Well Roadhouse ~0730
    • Atila (Mt.Conner) lookout arriving around for morning tea ~0930
    • Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) National Park and lunch ~1300
    • Uluru Cultural Centre ~1400, base tour and Mala & Mutitjulu walks
    • Sunset viewing of the changing colours of Uluru with drinks & nibbles
    • Dinner - barbeque at the sunset viewing platform
    • The price includes the $25 cost of the compulsory three day park pass
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Old Dec 23, 13, 7:24 pm
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Originally Posted by Fredd View Post
FWIW we just picked up tickets on sale SYD-ASP and AYQ-ADL.

Flying out of AYQ we'll be greeting a number of you as we walk past you toward the back rows.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all confirmed and potential attendees!
Presume you're on Mon 26th QF1940 AYQ/ASP, connecting to QF722 ASP/ADL. So we get a couple of flights together this year (also Bundy Bear and gvdIAD I know are on the same flights).

Merry Xmas to the Fredd's.
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Old Dec 23, 13, 11:06 pm
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The QF site is tricky - at least for this furriner

Click the language tabs up top.

The one with red Maple leaf is the one to select.
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Old Dec 24, 13, 6:28 am
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I saw the $191 Red deal on Qantas from SYD-ASP. Any chance it will go lower? Its not much less than what it would cost me to earn/buy the miles i spent on my award ticket
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Old Jan 12, 14, 4:41 pm
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Changing "status" to Bronze. ASP just isn't going to happen for me.

I am holding two rooms at the DoubleTree Hilton (1 king, 1 twin) which people are welcome to use, I'll just email the hotel that an "associate" will be checking in before me, has worked elsewhere in the past.

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Old Jan 14, 14, 12:48 am
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I see Accor is having a sale through January 16 which has Ayers Rock rates as low as $A204. Is that something we should be looking at or is there a possibility the group rate would be equal to that or lower? Sale advertises 40% off rack rates.

I've already used this sale to book one night in Brisbane at the end of my trip in June. Doesn't work in Sydney on my dates due to a large Rotary convention.
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Old Jan 15, 14, 8:06 pm
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I know I am all booked, but I need to bump back to Silver at this stage - Something has come up around the same dates that I can't miss
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Old Jan 18, 14, 12:45 am
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Well it seems my best intentions got ahead of me. Despite some interesting routings developed and securing F space on QF, the juggernaut known as work intercedes .

Bronze am I.

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Old Jan 20, 14, 10:47 pm
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I am surprised there hasn't been further discussion on the Accor sale. Maybe the non-refundability has repelled interest? http://bit.ly/PrivateSalesLCAH

Anyway, the sale was originally due to close on the 16th, but was extended to the 21st (today, but which time zone?).

I booked a one-bedroom apartment for the night of the 25th at Emu Walk for US$184 all-in (non-sale rate is US$308).

If anyone wants to go halfsies, I'd be more than happy taking the couch. Lemme know.

Well, Mwenenzi, I suppose you can change my status to Platinum now!
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Old Jan 20, 14, 10:51 pm
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I am surprised there hasn't been further discussion on the Accor sale. Maybe the non-refundability has repelled interest? http://bit.ly/PrivateSalesLCAH

Anyway, the sale was originally due to close on the 16th, but was extended to the 21st (today, but which time zone?).
I was waiting for the rumoured group rate, but that hasn't come through yet...

Updates please? Is it in the pipeline or should we book on the sale???
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Old Jan 21, 14, 12:46 am
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I wonder if all the discussion about this event has moved to the Australian web site. Surprised that a week after I asked my question no one has been along to answer it. I have not booked anything hoping we have a better negotiated rate.
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Old Jan 21, 14, 4:41 am
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All discussion I am aware of is here.

The problem is we only have the admonishment of post #81.

Leaves many between a rock and a hard place - personally, since I am solo this time I would be quite happy to share.

e.g. A twin at the "Desert Gardens" is available for $210 - unrestricted rate is showing $350.

2 B'room Apartment for $264 at Emu Walk Apartments - unrestricted showing $440.

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Old Jan 21, 14, 6:34 am
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Been overseas in Ghana, West Africa so little email contact!

A member here said he had an Accor contact but have heard nothing more on that.

I'd dropped them a line now in Uluru, and feel sure they'll at least match or better the 40% off sale rate, and ideally make it cancellable if needed. Sale rates were 'use it or lose it' rates! Dangerous. Stuff happens.

Mwenenzei has done his spread sheet magic in recent days and has a projected attendee number.

I'll pass on what I hear.

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Old Jan 21, 14, 11:45 pm
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Virgin Australia Saver fares AYQ/SYD VA1628 1345/1720

Virgin Australia have Saver fares available for both Mon 26 May & Tue 27 May Ayers Rock (AYQ) to Sydney (SYD) for AUD269.00 & AUD209.00 respectively.

The Saver fare books into "Q" class & is non-refundable however if you do cancel the fare with at least 24 hours notice there is an AUD80.00 fee but the balance of the fare would be transferred into a credit shell which is valid for one year from the date of cancellation of the flight.

The fare includes one piece of checked luggage up to 23 kilos (approx 50 pounds).

The above fares are considerably less than the group quote I received through a wholesaler.

I have contacted VA direct for a quote also to see how that would compare to the above Saver fare.

http://www.virginaustralia.com

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Old Jan 23, 14, 12:48 pm
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It seems my metal has changed to a less valuable commodity Hope everyone has fun.
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Old Jan 23, 14, 2:03 pm
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It seems my metal has changed to a less valuable commodity Hope everyone has fun.
That stinks, after you found the ellusive QF F awards booked less than 360 days in advance
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