Sep 11 - 22, 2018
12 days
$4,485per person, twin share (land content only). $879 supplement for sole use of a hotel room

Tour Leader

Ben Churcher
Sep 11 - 22, 2018

Tour Leader

Ben Churcher$4,485per person, twin share (land content only). $879 supplement for sole use of a hotel room
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  • Inclusions


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

Itinerary Overview

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.

A detailed itinerary for this tour is available. Click on the link above to view or download.

Getting There

Please contact us for the best airline to meet your travel requirements into Albury and from Melbourne.

Detailed Itinerary

A detailed itinerary for this tour will be available in September. 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.

In the meantime, if you would like to be notified when the detailed itinerary become available, please fill in the form below.

Ben Churcher

Has a wide range of experience as an educator, and an archaeologist. Since 1994 Ben has led tours to Jordan, Greece, Syria, Egypt, China & Morocco.

Ben graduated from Queensland University in 1983 with Honours in Ancient History and he also holds a Diploma of Education from the University of Sydney. Since 1983 Ben has been involved in the yearly excavations by the University of Sydney at the site of Pella in Jordan and he is, at present, the field director of the project. As well as his ‘hands-on’ excavation experience, Ben has also travelled widely throughout Europe, the Middle east, North and East Africa, Japan, and South-east Asia.

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Hotels to be advised. Hotels will be selected principally for their central location, with an average 4* rating.

Tour Inclusions

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

Airport Transfers

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

Booking conditions

You will be asked to sign an acknowledgement of these conditions when you book a place on a tour.


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.

Cancellation Fees

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.

Travel Insurance

Academy Travel requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. We offer a comprehensive policy with a reputable insurer if required.

Passport and Visa

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.

Will the tour price change?

If the number of participants in a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates Academy Travel reserves the right to amend the advertised price. If this occurs you will be given the option of cancelling your booking and obtaining a full refund. If an Academy Travel tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all monies paid.

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.

Final Payment

Full and final payment for the tour, airfare travel, insurance and any additional travel you book is due 60 days before departure. Payment may be made by bank deposit, cheque, cash or credit card. Please note there is a surcharge for payments made by credit card.

Academy Travel reserves the right to decline the booking or terminate the holiday of any traveller.

Fitness rating

Grade 1

A Grade 1 tour is appropriate for travellers in good health with good mobility, who can comfortably participate in up to 3 hours of physical activity per day on most days.
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For further information or to secure a place on this tour please contact:
Kathy Wardrop 02 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699
(outside Sydney)

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