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The Geographical Society of New South Wales supports a varied program of study tours that open up opportunities for members of the general public as well as specialist geographers to see and experience places in ways that might not otherwise be possible.

Over several decades, the Society’s study tours have visited almost every part of the globe, and exciting plans are underway to provide even more groundbreaking study tours in the future.

The Society’s study tours are currently organised by several experienced leaders.

Colin SaleColin Sale, the Senior Group Tours Manager at ACR Travel, has been organizing and leading group tours to all parts of the world since 1975, and most particularly, since 1988, the last 58 Study Tours programmed by the Geographical Society of New South Wales. Besides having been a Geography teacher in High Schools in Australia, England and Canada, and a Lecturer in Teachers Colleges, Sydney University, and at a college in USA, he has been travelling the world for much of his life, and has explored more than 120 countries. Colin recently announced his intention to step down from leading any more study tours, but he expects to be overseeing all future Study Tours that are operated by ACR International Travel & Tours for the people who have replaced him – Heather Rushton and Stephen Codrington. 


Heather Rushton, Tours Manager at ACR, is a keen traveller. Her first extended overseas trip was in 1982 and since then she has visited over 100 countries on all seven continents. A ‘veteran’ of 20 Geographical Society Study Tours with Colin Sale, Heather understands the appeal of more unusual destinations.  Although Heather’s background is English and History teaching rather than Geography, she has a great interest in the way that environment has shaped and continues to shape the way people live.  Heather (right, in photo) had planned to co-lead tours with her long time companion, Sandy Smith (left). Sadly Sandy lost a brief battle with cancer early in 2014 but in honour of Sandy, Heather intends to carry on with planned trips. Information about planned tours can found in Heather's newsletters ( the latest is here) or contact Heather by email at


Stephen CodringtonStephen Codrington is a former President of the Geographical Society, an international educator and a well-known author of many geography books, who conducted a number of study tours for the Geographical Society of NSW in the 1980s and 1990s before leaving Australia to work overseas in several countries. While working overseas, Stephen continued to conduct many tours, and as a result of both his work and his travels, Stephen has now visited 134 countries. Because of his wide travel experience as well as his highly respected organisational ability (he was the Head of several international schools before returning to Australia), he is now organising and leading study tours for the Geographical Society.



Upcoming Tours



Greenland and Iceland - September 2017

Greenland is the world's largest island and has the world’s lowest population density. It is a rugged, mountainous, contrasting land with the enormous Greenland Ice Sheet at its centre and an adventurous people at its core. It is, however, not easy to reach and travel within the country is difficult. Furthermore, the fabulous National Park in the north of the country is only accessible by expedition cruise.

Enter G Adventures. The 15 day Arctic Highlights cruise departs from the island of Svalbard within the Arctic Circle, crosses the Greenland Sea and explores the coast of Greenland including the National Park, finishing in Reykjavik, Iceland. Along the way there is the opportunity to see spectacular Arctic landscapes, unique wildlife and even the Northern Lights while being aboard a comfortable and warm ship with only about 130 passengers.
Please view the full itinerary for the cruise here.

A nine-day tour of Iceland will follow, taking in its cinematic landscapes and intriguing geological features. Starting in Reykjavik the tour will travel clockwise around the island in a small bus driven by a local guide, staying in 3 or 4 star hotels. Lava castles, glaciers, waterfalls and lakes will all feature as well as many examples of geothermal activity and the chance to swim in a warm lagoon. Iceland is a fascinating and exciting place to visit and this tour
aims to show as much as possible within a short time.

The price for the full tour is a competitive $19 840 per person (twin-share) but it is possible to split the tour. The Iceland only component is $11 240 (twin-share with a single supplement of $1 115).

Departing: Thursday 31 August 2017

Returning: Tuesday 26 September 2017

27 days / 26 nights (full tour)

Cost: $19,840 twin share (full tour)

         $11,240 twin share (Iceland only), single supplement $1,115

Click here for the tour brochure with full itinerary.


Japan (October 2017) – Hokkaido/ Highlights (Honshu)

At last the brochures for these tours are available and bookings are now open. The first tour spends 10 days on Hokkaido, the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. To the Japanese, verdant Hokkaido stands for nature itself due to its wildlife and spectacular scenery. It is renowned for its beauty, particularly in Autumn, which is when the tour takes place. After exploring this sparsely populated island, the tour heads to teeming Tokyo where those people who have previously visited Japan will be able to return to Australia.  The brochure with full itinerary for the Hokkaido tour is here.

Alternatively, passengers may wish to remain and join the Highlights of Japan tour that will visit wellknown locations on Honshu such as Takayama, Kanazawa, Kyoto and Hiroshima. The itinerary will allow experience of both modern and traditional Japan, providing a great variety of scenery, culture and modes of transport and all in colourful Autumn.  Further details are on the brochure and itinerary.

The 12 day Hokkaido tour is priced at $7690 (twin share), the 11 day Highlights tour is $7762 (twin share) while the combined tour is $14 210 (twin share). Please contact Heather or the ACR office for an application form.


North East India - February 2018

“If India was the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, the remote North East of that country is its Hidden Jewel” (Tony Howard). Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas the region is known for its natural beauty, abundant wildlife and cultural diversity. With a strong Buddhist influence, tribal traditions and stunning
mountain scenery, this part of India has a distinctive character setting it apart from the rest of the country.

A revised brochure with exact dates and greater detail about the tour will be available in September. At the start of this year the price, including airfares, was $7400 twin share. While it is expected that there will a price rise, it should not be great. Please contact the ACR office or Heather for an application form if you are interested.


Namibia and Botswana - April 2018