Australia - Beaches, Reefs and Rainforests

19 Days
June 16, 2018 - July 6, 2018
$6,875 CAD plus airfare to Australia
Brisbane/ Cairns, Australia
14 to 16 years old (by the end of 2018)
Hotels, Holiday Apartments, Hostels, Sailboat
8 Hours of Conservation Work at the Australian Tropical Research Station

Head "down under" for three weeks of adventure and good times.  Snorkel with fish on the Great Barrier Reef, surf waves at Byron Bay, star gaze at night from the deck of a sailboat in the Whitsunday Islands, learn about Aboriginal Culture on a Dreamtime walk, and kayak with dolphins in the wild .

Gold Coast- DAY 1 & 2

The first two days are spent on the famed sun kissed beaches of the Gold Coast and it’s all about jet lag recovery and getting to know one another. There will be lots of beach activities, time to explore the area, and a chance to go Zorbing (zorbing is rolling down the hill inside a giant inflatable ball).  Accommodation – Holiday Apartments

Byron Bay – Day 3 to 5

Byron Bay is an amazing little beach town with a laid back surf vibe and beautiful beaches.  Learn (or improve) your surfing with two days at surf school, explore the town, hike to the lighthouse (the most easterly point in Australia), and go ocean kayaking with dolpins in the wild.  While kayaking, you may also see Humpback whales migrating to the north.  Accommodation - Hostel

Noosa - Day 6

Noosa is a fantastic beach town with an incredible coastal National Park. Walk through the park to check out the scenery and wildlife (it's a very good place to see Koalas in the wild), explore the town, and visit vibrant Hasting Street.  Accommodation - Hostel

Fraser Island - Day 7

Fraser Island is one of the true gems of Australia and is the largest sand island in the world.  Go on a guided, four-wheel drive eco tour and swim in the cyrstal clear lakes, float down Eli Creek, run (or roll) down sand slopes into Lake Wabby, learn about the ancient forests, and look for dingoes in the wild. 

Whitsunday Islands- Day 8 to 12

Spend three days and three nights sailing around these tropical islands and the Outer Great Barrier Reef onboard a chartered 101ft sailboat.  Snorkel with the fish, swim in the warm turquoise water, and visit Whitehaven Beach (rated as one of the top beaches in the world).  Introductory scuba dives will also be available. Accommodation - Sailboat

 

Atherton Tablelands - Day 13 to 15

Head inland to the temperate rainforests of the Atherton Tablelands. On a fantastic tour, learn about this area and swim in numerous waterfalls.  In the evening go platypus spotting and take part on a guided, night canoe paddle to look for nocturnal wildlife.  After the Tablelands, head further north to  Mossman Gorge to take part in a Dreamtime walk with an Aboriginal guide. Learn about their dreamtime legends, traditional plant uses, bush tucker, cave paintings and their special relationship with the rainforest.  Accommodation - Lodge

Cape Tribulation / Daintree Rainforest - Day 16 & 17

Cape Tribulation is a tropical wonderland in the Daintree National Park and is the world's oldest living rain forest.  Visit its stunning beaches, go on a crocodile cruise to see Salt Water crocodiles in the wild, take part on two guided walks (one at night) to learn about its incredible ecosystem, meet a flying fox, and spend a day volunteering at AUSTROP (Australia Tropical Reasearch Station).  Accommodation: Huts in the rainforest

Cairns - Day 18 & 19 

There is one more adventure for the group; snorkeling down a rainforest river (rated as the #1Adventure Journey by Australian Geographic Magazine).  After drifting down the river, we say goodbye to the rainforest and head to our last stop, Cairns.  Before our big farewell dinner, we will visit the reputable AJ Hackett Bungy site where you will have the opportunity to take a ride the thrilling Minjin Jungle Swing (if heights aren’t for you, you will still have a fantastic time enjoying the lush grounds and cheering on your friends!). Accommodation - Hotel