The tour started with the South Western Australia Module and required participants to assemble at a nominated hotel in Adelaide South Australia by Noon on Sunday 9 th May 1999.
From Adelaide, to the end of the first module at Geraldton in Western Australia, 9 days later in early morning of 18 th May, the AMF made all arrangements, including air and surface travel, accommodation, mine visits, expert briefings and workshops.
Participants starting with the Eastern Australia (second) Module met in Darwin, Northern Territory at 6:00 pm on the evening of Tuesday 18 th May 1999. As in the previous module, all arrangements until the end of the tour in Melbourne in the evening of Saturday 29 th May, were the responsibility of the AMF.
Where participants were taking both modules, AMF arranged accommodation and travel between modules also.
Those participants taking a single module only were responsible for their own travel to and from the start and end points of that module, as detailed above. Those taking the full tour were responsible for travel to the start of the first module in Adelaide, and from the end of the second module in Melbourne.
All air travel on the tour was by charter aircraft, utilising two 9 passenger, single crew operation Cessna Conquest aircraft. These planes are twin engine, turbo-prop powered and fully pressurised. They are maintained to Australian airline regulation standards. Ground transport was by charter bus, hire car and taxi as the location dictated.
Accommodation reservations were made by the AMF at group discount rates, but were paid by the participants on checkout. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive set of literature to read. These covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation, as well as details of the individual deposits visited. Prior to departure to join the tour participants were also given a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including postal, phone and fax numbers and costs. All they needed to bring was their field gear, personal affects, and a credit card/travellers cheques or cash to pay for accommodation, meals and personal incidentals.
This tour was organised in conjunction with the Brazilian mineral industry organisation ADIMB, many of whose members took part in the tour.
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