Australia Trip

Australia

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12+

Earn 10 hours of community service combining the vibrant culture of Australia’s world “down under” on this wonderful South Pacific adventure. Our 21-day adventure to the other side of the globe features SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking and meaningful community service.

21 Days

$6,495

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • Los Angeles, CA (additional fee for international flight)

Day 1-2

Throughout our arrival day in Los Angeles, our staff will be meeting each group member at LAX and checking them into our connecting group flight to Australia. Once we have everyone checked in, our group will have dinner before boarding the evening flight. Believe it or not, it will take us the better part of two days (not many people can say they have crossed the International Date Line!) to reach our destination.

Day 3-5

Embark on a natural, cultural, and activity-rich exploration of the surrounding environment. Queensland is home to some of the largest tracks of rainforest anywhere in the world, waiting to be explored! We’ll begin with an integrated jungle hike and an areal zipline experience — giving us perspectives on both the forest floor and the tree canopy above. Entering the mangroves of Daintree National Park, we’ll have the opportunity to wade through the knee-deep waters and try our aim at traditional Aboriginal spear fishing. Thanks to our Aborigional guide and naturalist, in addition to the chance to spear a sand crab, we’ll build true connections with the surrounding environment and our activities. After our mangrove excursion, our guide will help us cook-up the day’s catch for anyone to sample. Embarking onto the coastal waters of beautiful Cape Tribulation, we’ll make an exciting voyage in search of the Australian’s Saltwater crocodile. During our professionally guided cruise, we’ll learn about crocodile biology, behavior, and conservation.

Day 6-8

Barnard Island Group National Park provides the perfect venue for our sea kayaking expedition. These beautiful islands off the coast of Cairns feature fantastically dramatic rock formations and dense rainforests that play host to rare island birds. We will head out in the morning, gliding over the water where the shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish lie beneath our boats. In the afternoon and evenings, we will play and relax on the islands’ many sandy beaches.

Day 9-11

For the next few days we will work in close contact with local wildlife at a nearby by service facility, helping to protect these wonderful creatures. Help nurture these amazing animals back to full health so they can reenter their natural habitats and live long lives. A truly rewarding and fun experience is sure to be had!

Day 12

Following our volunteer work, we’ll embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure on the Tully river. Our river experience offers something no other river trip in the world can do: voyage through one of the most ancient rainforests in the world. The rainforests flanking this river have evolved unmolested for more than 130 million years, escaping the ravages of ice ages and volcanism that have plagued other rain forests around the world. Some individual trees you’ll pass on these rivers are more than 3,000 years old. Our full day trip on the Tully River will be action packed as we tackle over 45 extraordinary rapids (class III & IV). The magnificent waterfalls that cascade down the gorge walls through the UNESCO World Heritage, Jurassic-era rainforest provide an unforgettable backdrop.

Day 13-17

Many of us have been looking forward to diving in this exotic locale since the day we enrolled in the program. For five fabulous days, we will work with a dive outfit recognized as a worldwide leader in SCUBA education. For the majority of us who are not currently certified, we will embark on the five-day learn-to-dive program. The first two days of the program will consist of pool and classroom training with our instructors. To complement our initial day of classroom SCUBA instruction, we’ll spend the afternoon learning about historical and modern-day life from the perspective of Australia’s native Aboriginal tribes. Aside from helping us bridge important connections between the country’s pre- and post-colonial histories, we’ll have the opportunity to play the didgeridoo and try other fun Aboriginal activities. By the end of our second day of SCUBA training, we will be ready to use our new skills out in the open water. Days three, four, and five will be spent on-board a Pro Dive vessel on the Great Barrier Reef. While we are on the reef, we will complete our four training dives which will complete the PADI open water certification. Following our training dives, we will be able to enjoy five more dives as a recreation diver including a night dive. Those who are already certified to dive prior to arriving in Australia will have the option to do several more open water dives during the first two days of the program while the rest of the group is in the pool. After arriving back on land in Cairns, we will celebrate at dinner and share all of our diving stories.

Day 18-21

After a day of rest along with packing and cleaning, we will board a flight south to the city of Sydney. Packing away our summer clothes, it will be time to put on our warm layers. Much to people´s surprise, late July in Sydney is still winter with considerably colder temperatures. The home to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Sydney is not to be missed on any Australian itinerary. Throughout our days exploring the city, we will have a chance to see sights such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Opera House, and Rocks District. We will also spend an entire day catching waves on a beautiful beach. It may be winter, but with wetsuits, the water is brilliant. Our summer adventure will conclude with a final farewell banquet aboard a Sydney Harbor cruise boat, giving us the chance to enjoy wonderful food, great company and to see the city at night from the water. Our return trip home will see us depart and arrive on the same day in Los Angeles (we will cross the international date line in the reverse direction). Upon arrival in the United States, we will pass through customs together and help group members to their connecting flights.

Day 1-2

Throughout our arrival day in Los Angeles, our staff will be meeting each group member at LAX and checking them into our connecting group flight to Australia. Once we have everyone checked in, our group will have dinner before boarding the evening flight. Believe it or not, it will take us the better part of two days (not many people can say they have crossed the International Date Line!) to reach our destination.

Day 3-5

Embark on a natural, cultural, and activity-rich exploration of the surrounding environment. Queensland is home to some of the largest tracks of rainforest anywhere in the world, waiting to be explored! We’ll begin with an integrated jungle hike and an areal zipline experience — giving us perspectives on both the forest floor and the tree canopy above. Entering the mangroves of Daintree National Park, we’ll have the opportunity to wade through the knee-deep waters and try our aim at traditional Aboriginal spear fishing. Thanks to our Aborigional guide and naturalist, in addition to the chance to spear a sand crab, we’ll build true connections with the surrounding environment and our activities. After our mangrove excursion, our guide will help us cook-up the day’s catch for anyone to sample. Embarking onto the coastal waters of beautiful Cape Tribulation, we’ll make an exciting voyage in search of the Australian’s Saltwater crocodile. During our professionally guided cruise, we’ll learn about crocodile biology, behavior, and conservation.

Day 6-8

Barnard Island Group National Park provides the perfect venue for our sea kayaking expedition. These beautiful islands off the coast of Cairns feature fantastically dramatic rock formations and dense rainforests that play host to rare island birds. We will head out in the morning, gliding over the water where the shallow reefs teeming with tropical fish lie beneath our boats. In the afternoon and evenings, we will play and relax on the islands’ many sandy beaches.

Day 9-11

For the next few days we will work in close contact with local wildlife at a nearby by service facility, helping to protect these wonderful creatures. Help nurture these amazing animals back to full health so they can reenter their natural habitats and live long lives. A truly rewarding and fun experience is sure to be had!

Day 12

Following our volunteer work, we’ll embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure on the Tully river. Our river experience offers something no other river trip in the world can do: voyage through one of the most ancient rainforests in the world. The rainforests flanking this river have evolved unmolested for more than 130 million years, escaping the ravages of ice ages and volcanism that have plagued other rain forests around the world. Some individual trees you’ll pass on these rivers are more than 3,000 years old. Our full day trip on the Tully River will be action packed as we tackle over 45 extraordinary rapids (class III & IV). The magnificent waterfalls that cascade down the gorge walls through the UNESCO World Heritage, Jurassic-era rainforest provide an unforgettable backdrop.

Day 13-17

Many of us have been looking forward to diving in this exotic locale since the day we enrolled in the program. For five fabulous days, we will work with a dive outfit recognized as a worldwide leader in SCUBA education. For the majority of us who are not currently certified, we will embark on the five-day learn-to-dive program. The first two days of the program will consist of pool and classroom training with our instructors. To complement our initial day of classroom SCUBA instruction, we’ll spend the afternoon learning about historical and modern-day life from the perspective of Australia’s native Aboriginal tribes. Aside from helping us bridge important connections between the country’s pre- and post-colonial histories, we’ll have the opportunity to play the didgeridoo and try other fun Aboriginal activities. By the end of our second day of SCUBA training, we will be ready to use our new skills out in the open water. Days three, four, and five will be spent on-board a Pro Dive vessel on the Great Barrier Reef. While we are on the reef, we will complete our four training dives which will complete the PADI open water certification. Following our training dives, we will be able to enjoy five more dives as a recreation diver including a night dive. Those who are already certified to dive prior to arriving in Australia will have the option to do several more open water dives during the first two days of the program while the rest of the group is in the pool. After arriving back on land in Cairns, we will celebrate at dinner and share all of our diving stories.

Day 18-21

After a day of rest along with packing and cleaning, we will board a flight south to the city of Sydney. Packing away our summer clothes, it will be time to put on our warm layers. Much to people´s surprise, late July in Sydney is still winter with considerably colder temperatures. The home to the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, Sydney is not to be missed on any Australian itinerary. Throughout our days exploring the city, we will have a chance to see sights such as the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Opera House, and Rocks District. We will also spend an entire day catching waves on a beautiful beach. It may be winter, but with wetsuits, the water is brilliant. Our summer adventure will conclude with a final farewell banquet aboard a Sydney Harbor cruise boat, giving us the chance to enjoy wonderful food, great company and to see the city at night from the water. Our return trip home will see us depart and arrive on the same day in Los Angeles (we will cross the international date line in the reverse direction). Upon arrival in the United States, we will pass through customs together and help group members to their connecting flights.

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