The IOCG 2013 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the different styles, and the most important examples, of iron oxide copper-gold deposits of the Gawler craton in South Australia and the Eastern Fold Belt of the Mount Isa Inlier in NW Queensland, from 19 to 27 February, 2013 inclusive.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 3 or more days up to the full tour, as suited their budget, availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour assembled in Adelaide, South Australia, at 6:30 pm on the evening of Monday 18 February, 2013, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The full Tour technical program ended in Brisbane, Queensland, on the evening of Wednesday 27 February, 2013.
For those who took less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of registration. Alternate start and/or end points include Port Augusta or Roxby Downs in South Australia, and Cloncurry or Mount Isa in Queensland.
During the tour, PGC arranged all surface travel and air charter, and booked all scheduled airline flights, i.e., between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
Before and after the tour, each participant was responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to get to the start point, and from the end point.
Because of the distances, locations and logistics involved, access to some sites and the travel from northern South Australia to NW Queensland was by air charter. The direct 2 hour air charter for the latter flight saved 24 hours of travel by the more circuitous domestic airline routes, including an overnight stay en route, and was comparable in cost to a flexible air fare.
The Tour Fees included the cost of all surface travel from when each participant joined the tour to when they left, as well as all other costs associated with the tour, including development, organisation, escorting the tour, workshop venues, audio-visual equipment, expert consultants, mine visits, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Air Fares for both scheduled airline and charter flights booked by PGC and flown by each participant between when the participant joined and left the tour were an additional charge.
Tour Fees and Air/Charter Fares had to be paid to PGC at the same time, and by the due date specified on the invoice (which was usually 14 days after the date of the confirmation letter within 2 months of tour commencement - but was up to 55 days for early registrations), but no later than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration (when places still remained), fees and fares had to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
The scheduled airline fares charged by PGC were estimated at the time of budgeting, with allowance for fuel surcharges and fare variations by the time of flying. Where the final fare paid by PGC was less than the estimated amount charged, the difference was refunded at the end of the tour.
Note: the fares listed on the tour brochure and registration form were based on the fully flexible, refundable economy fare for reservations that may be cancelled should participants withdraw after the booking is made, or parts of the tour do not proceed through lack of interest or cancellation by mines. At the time of ticketing, if discount fares (which are non-refundabale and must be paid on booking) were available, these were booked in the clients instruction and the difference refunded to the tour participant at the end of the tour.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC for each participant between the start and end dates/times of their tour. However, all accommodation costs were 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, each participant 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 areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits studied and other selected examples in the regions visited.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were provided with a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed bring were their field gear (including steel toe cap safety boots), personal affects, and credit card/ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
Tour places were limited. Consequently it was advisable to register early to guarantee a place.