Mick Jagger and Heath Ledger have played him, Peter Carey has written about him, Sidney Nolan has painted him and Paul Kelly has sung about him, but what is still to be found on the ground that brings the history of Ned Kelly alive? We know the stories, but it is time to give these stories substance, as we travel between Albury and Melbourne exploring the hidden history of not only Ned Kelly but also the formation of modern Australia.
The story behind Australia’s most infamous and celebrated bushranger, Ned Kelly
An exciting, myth-laden period of history through the eyes of Ben Churcher, a practicing archaeologist
How the events at the Eureka Stockade changed Australia’s view of government forever
Creation stories of the local Jardwadjali and Djab warrung Indigenous peoples at the Brambuk Aboriginal Cultural Centre in the Grampians
A region endowed with great beauty, fine wine, excellent produce and food
Traverse the Murray River from New South Wales into the High Country of Victoria
Explore the story of Ned Kelly, from his home in Greta to his hanging at the Melbourne Goal
Discover the impact and consequences of the Victorian gold rush
A day in the Grampians National Park learning the spiritual significance of the area
Visit sites pivotal to the formation of Australian Federation at Corowa
Explore the colonial past of Melbourne
Day 1: Travel to Albury where our tour begins. Visit the Murray Art Museum.
Days 2–3: Explore the Birthplace of Federation at Corowa and Beechworth’s heritage with visits to the courthouse, Burke Museum and Beechworth Gaol.
Days 4–5: Delve into the Kelly saga at Glenrowan, Greta and Stringybark Creek at Mansfield.
Days 6–9: Storm the Eureka Stockade at Sovereign Hill and Ballarat’s museums, view ancient rock art in the Grampians.
Days 10-12: In Melbourne visit the Museum of Victoria, Captain Cook’s Cottage and Old Melbourne Gaol.
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Please contact us for the best airline to meet your travel requirements into Albury and from Melbourne.
A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in November. However due to the high amount of interest in this tour, bookings are now open. If the final itinerary is not as you expected and you wish to withdraw from the tour, you will have the option of cancelling your booking with no penalty. Online bookings can be made to the right of this page.
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Has a wide range of expeience as an educator, and an archaeologist. Since 1994 Ben has led tours to Jordan, Greece, Syria, Egypt, China & Morocco.
Ben Churcher is an archaeologist who works both in the Near East, as well as with Aboriginal archaeology in Australia. He has a strong personal interest in history and archaeology, primarily of the Muslim world, but not exclusively. Ben holds the position of Field Director at the University of Sydney’s archaeological excavations at Pella in Jordan.
Ben holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Queensland and a Dip. Ed from the University of Sydney. In 1983, Ben received a travelling grant from the Alumni Association at the University of Queensland to participate at the excavations at Pella in Jordan and he has been involved in archaeology ever since.
In between digs, Ben worked as a secondary teacher for five years at both public and private high schools and in 1993 he brought together his love of teaching and archaeology by founding Astarte Resources, a company producing and distributing educational resources specialising in history. While running Astarte Resources, Ben has been involved with adult education lecturing on a range of historical subjects and graduate teaching duties at the University of Canberra in their cultural heritage degree.
Since 2002 Ben has worked extensively in Aboriginal archaeology in Australia, working with a small firm undertaking heritage assessments and management. This work has taken him from western NSW, into the Snowy Mountains and onto the coalfields of the Hunter Valley.
Ben has continued his association with the excavations at Pella in Jordan throughout this time and he has participated in most seasons of excavation at the site. This work has involved excavating most major Near Eastern periods from the prehistoric Natufian period, through to the Islamic period.
Ben is a life member of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation at the University of Sydney and he currently sits on the board of the Foundation.
Ben has also travelled widely beyond the destinations to which he takes tours, has taught English in Japan for six months and has sailed on a dhow to Zanzibar. The consequence of this experience is that Ben is an adept traveller, unfazed by what the world may throw at him, and someone who has managed to amass a lot of information from various places and time periods that he is only too happy to impart.
Ben led his first tour to Jordan and Syria in 1993 and has gone on to take travellers to an eclectic range of countries including Mali, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Iran, Central Asia, China and Mexico. The common thread has been Ben’s interest in global history and the interconnections between both historical periods and cultures. How these interconnections are expressed in architecture, religion and governance is an abiding interest of Ben’s.
Hotels to be advised. Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, with an average 4* rating.
What is included in the tour price? Unless otherwise stated in the itinerary, our tours include the following:
Any flights mentioned in the itinerary that take place during a tour
Land travel by private air-conditioned coach. Where appropriate public transport is also used for short distance travel on some tours
All accommodation in hotels or apartments as stated in the itinerary
Breakfasts, lunches and dinners specifically stated as included in the itinerary
Drinks at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals may not have drinks included
Background talks on tour, site notes and online resources
Services of tour leader throughout tour
All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary
Local guides at some sites
Tips for drivers, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tours begin either at the arrival airport or the first hotel, depending on the itinerary. If you have booked your international flights with Academy Travel and arrive before the tour commences, we will provide airport to hotel transfers to the closest main city on your arrival, and to the closest airport at the end of the tour. These may be either individual or group transfers.
What is not included in the tour price? Open-age tours do not include the following:
Return international/domestic air travel unless those flights take place during the tour
Special taxes and airport levies that can only be paid in cash at the destination. We will advise you of these charges (if any) before you depart
Costs involved in obtaining visas for countries visited, where required
Travel insurance. We require all participants to have comprehensive travel insurance. A typical policy for one of our tours will cost from $160 upwards, depending on your age, pre-existing medical conditions, the countries you are visiting and the overall length of your trip
Lunches and dinners not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
Costs associated with any activity mentioned as “optional” in the itinerary, or any suggested free time activity
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A deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your booking on a tour. Final payment of the tour fee, insurance and any additional travel will be due 60 days before departure.
If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:
More than 60 days before departure: $500*
60-45 days before tour start: 25% of total amount due
44-15 days before tour start: 75% of total amount due
14 days or less before departure: 100% of total amount due
*This amount may be credited to another Academy Travel tour within 12 months of the original tour you booked.
Unused Portions of the tour
We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.
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A valid passport is required for all international travel. If you do not hold an Australian passport you may require a re-entry permit. Some countries require a visa to be issued before you depart Australia. We will advise you of all passport and visa requirements, but it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet passport and visa requirements before you depart.
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Will the itinerary change?
Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of Academy Travel make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make slight amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes as soon as they occur.
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