The Uranium 2009 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the most significant uranium ore deposits of Australia, including prime examples of most of the different styles and ages in South Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland from 26 February to 3 March, 2009 inclusive.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 2 or more days up to the full tour as suited their availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour assembled in Adelaide, South Australia, by 6:30 pm on the evening of Wednesday 25 February, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The Tour technical program ended in Mt Isa, Queensland on the evening of Tuesday 3 March, 2009.
For those who wished to take less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of their registration. Alternate start and/or end points included Adelaide, Roxby Downs and Darwin.
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 of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant - ie. before and after the tour.
PGC arranged all surface travel and booked all scheduled airline flights between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant - ie. while the participant is on the tour.
To avoid additional days of unproductive surface travel or long, expensive detours by commercial airlines, it was essential that some of the travel in South Australia and the Northern Territory was by air charter.
The Tour Fees included the cost of all surface travel from when each participant joins the tour to when they leave, as well as all other costs associated with the tour, including development, organisation, escorting the tour, mine visits, seminars/workshops, venues, expert consultants time & expenses, 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.
The Tour Fees and Air Fares had to be paid to PGC within two weeks of official confirmation of registration on the tour, but not less than one month before the commencement of the Tour. In the event of late registration, fees and fares had to be received before the commencement of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant. Air fares had to be paid at the same time as the Tour Fees.
However, the scheduled airline fares charged by PGC were estimated at the time of budgeting, with allowance for fuel surcharges and fare variations at the time of flying. If the final fares were less than that charged, the difference were refunded at the end of the tour.
Note: the fares listed on the tour brochure and registration form were based on the fully flexible economy fare for reservations that may be cancelled should participants withdraw after the booking is made, or parts of the tour did not proceed through lack of interest or cancellation by mines. At the time of ticketing, if discount fares (which are as much as half full fares, but are non-refundabale and must be paid on booking) were available, these were booked 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 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 to be 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 need to bring are their field gear, personal affects, and credit card/travellers cheques/ATM cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.