National Geographic : 1973 Dec
THE MORE ITCOSTS TO SURVIVE INAMERICA, THE LESS ITCOSTS TO RECUPERATE INAUSTRALIA. YOUR HAMBURGER IS UP TO $1.10 A POUND. OUR ROYAL ROAD FLY-DRIVE TOUR ISDOWN TO $678: Living in the Land of the Free in 1973 is exciting, enriching and rewarding. However, it can hardly be done for free. As you know all too well, your cost of surviving-let alone living is climbing faster than a koala in a eucalyptus tree. So much for American economics. And on to an Australian contrast. Qantas is pleased to announce a delightful drop in the cost of our most popular Royal Road Australian tour. Fly-Drive Australia: $678 complete. For this startlingly low price, you get: * Roundtrip jet flight to Sydney * A Ford Falcon from Avis * 500 free miles * 10 nights at the Gazebo Hotel, Kings Cross in Sydney NO BUS. NO GUIDE. NO SCH DULES. NO TOURISTS. (EXCEPT YOU.) Please do not be put off by the word, "Tour." Qantas Fly-Drive does not include scheduled excursions to gift shops. Nor will you be forced to view Australian Points of Interest, along with a small mob of fellow American tourists. On the contrary. When you land in Sydney, you'll be driven to the famous Gazebo Hotel, where your Avis car will be delivered, along with detailed maps. And then we set you free. For 10 days, you're on your own, with your own car-in another world. YOUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN DISCOVERED PIONEERED, SETTLED AND CIVILIZED. OURS HASN'T. Imagine the entire continental United States, inhabited only by the population of Pennsylvania. That's Australia. 60 million years ago, Australia was cut off from the rest of the world. And developed into a world of its own. A world where you'll meet implausible creatures from centuries ago. "Th You can shake hands you spi with a kangaroo. Swim, then the Iong walk with a platypus. Laugh torecupe it up with a kookaburra. (You don't need a Berlitz course to communicate with human Australians, either. We speak English.) The land itself resembles nothing so much as a set of a science fiction movie. You can spend a day, for example, watching Ayers Rock turn from bright red, to orange, to crimson, to brown in the sun. Or the Mount Olga Range, which, from a distance, appears to be a herd of el en er ra I enormous elephants, sleeping in the desert. In Australia, there's not only room to breathe. There's room to gasp. YOU WORK HARD FIFTY WEEKS AYEAR. THE OTHER TWO SHOULD BE RATHER SPECTACULAR. We believe that since the stakes have increased in the game of survival in America, the payoffs ought to be Big Time, too. Simply by living and working in America, you've earned a trip to Australia. Haven't you? r-----------------, I Qantas, 350 Post Street, NG-1 I ISan Francisco, CA 94108. Or call toll-free: 800-227 -4500. (In California, 800-622-0850.) You bet I've earned a trip to Australia. Please send me detailed brochures on your Fly-Drive Tour. Name longer Address__ idwith me, it'lltake me City ,te from you" State Zip My Travel Agent is__ We'd like to I take you home with us. Ia-NT-a5 ---------- J "From the West Coast. From New York: $867. From Chicago: $813. From St. Louis: $805. Per person, double occupancy, group economy class departures leaving San Francisco and Vancouver every Friday. Individual fare slightly higher. All fares subject to government approval.