Image: Air charter to deposits across the continent.
The IOCG 05 International Study Tour was focused on a selection of the different variations on the occurrence and styles of Iron Oxide Copper-Gold (IOCG) deposits across Australia.
The deposits visited included some of the best examples of IOCG mineralisation in the world.
It included examples in "difficult to get to" locations, separated by vast distances across the continent, requiring the use of charter aircraft to avoid days of travel on the commercial air routes.
The tour commenced in Adelaide, South Australia. All particpants made and payed for their own travel arrangements to be in Adelaide by 6:30 pm on the evening of Sunday 20 November. Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) advised the meeting point approximately two week prior to commencement of the tour.
The Tour ended in Mount Isa, north-west Queensland, Australia, on the morning of Saturday 26 November 2005, at 10:00 am.
For those international participants who wished to finish in a major city, PGC reserved seats on the morning flight out of Mount Isa to Brisbane that arrived at 1:15 pm of the same day - if requested.
Participants ending the tour at either Mount Isa or Brisbane were responsible for all of their own travel and accommodation arrangements and costs from that time, date and location.
PGC arranged all travel from when each participant joins the tour until they left it, including all surface, scheduled commercial airline travel and air charter. The cost of surface and air charter travel from the commencement in Adelaide to the end in Mt Isa was covered by the Tour Fees. The cost of the optional Mount Isa to Brisbane air fare, if applicable, was additional.
The Tour Fees and air fares had to be be paid to PGC not less than one month before the commencement of the Tour. The air fares are charged at cost and paid at the same time as the Tour Fees. Participants were responsible for their own travel to the start point and from the end point of their tour.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC between the start and end dates/times of the tour. However, all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, participants received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the provinces being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits visited.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were given a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed to bring was their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques to pay for accommodation and meals.