Australia

22 Days

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  • YOU WILL VISIT

    Surfers Paradise, Fraser Island, Brisbane, On the Wallaby Lodge, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney

    TRIP SUMMARY

    Crikey! Now this is the adventure of a lifetime… journey Down Under and experience all that Australia has to offer. From petting kangaroos and seeing the best croc show on earth at Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter, to two days of professional surf lessons around Surfers Paradise, this trip starts off with a bang. You will travel to the rainforest and swim in majestic waterfalls underneath 1,000 year old trees before snorkeling or SCUBA diving the largest living organism on earth, the Great Barrier Reef. An intense rafting trip, cable waterskiing, kayaking and a cultural day spent with the Aborigines are some of the highlights before you jet to Sydney and tour the Opera House, climb the world famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and explore one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting cities. What are you waiting for, mate? Get on board!

    HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

    Action Packed Itinerary

    • SCUBA and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
    • Jet boat through the amazing Sydney Harbour
    • Pet kangaroos and koalas at the Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo
    • Hang ten during professional surf lessons
    • Cable waterski and wakeboard in Cairns
    • Whitewater raft the Tully River
    • Climb the legendary Sydney Harbour Bridge
    • Kayak and snorkel around Surfers Paradise
    • Explore Fraser Island by 4×4
    • Tour the incredible site of the Sydney Olympics
    • Visit the famous Gold Coast and Dreamworld Theme Park
    • Journey to the rainforest of the Atherton Tableland and swim in waterfalls

    First Class Hotels & Resorts

    • Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
    • Outrigger Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
    • Mercure King George Square, Brisbane
    • Pullman Cairns International, Cairns
    • Mantra on Kent, Sydney
  • Chaperoned Group Flight

    We begin this trip with a chaperoned overseas group flight from Los Angeles to Brisbane. For those coming from the NY area, we have a chaperoned New York to LA flight to connect to the escorted overseas flight. Our trip leaders greet you at the airport and are with you for the duration of the flight to Australia. Everyone has the opportunity to begin trip bonding with get to know you games and icebreakers starting before we even land. The flight knocks a day off your life (because of the International Dateline) but you’ll make it up on the return flight when you get the very cool opportunity to live part of the same day twice.

    Surfers Paradise, Queensland

    Welcome to the Land Down Under and its famous Gold Coast! Learn to master the waves with two days of professional surfing lessons near Australia’s premier resort area. Ride the day away at Dreamworld and brave the Tower of Terror II. Wind your way through the amazing Infinity Light Show and Maze. Kayak and snorkel on pristine blue waters and stop to search for thousands of sub-tropical fish and incredible marine life such as dolphins, turtles and stingrays.

    Fraser Island, Queensland

    Travel by catamaran to the world’s largest sand bar! Jump on a 4×4 ranger-guided eco-tour through a tropical rainforest and discover incredible wildlife. Experience a unique guided nocturnal walk to see and hear the creatures of the night including sugar gliders (the inspiration for wingsuiting, the newest extreme sport).

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    Brisbane, Queensland

    Explore the shops of Queen Street. Feed Kangaroos by hand, cuddle with koalas and discover crocs, emus and dingoes at the world famous Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo.

    Wallaby Lodge, Queensland – A Westcoast Connection Exclusive!

    Venture deep into the rainforests of the Atherton Tableland and check into our lodge surrounded by incredible scenery. View the miraculous 1,000 year old, 200 foot tall Cathedral Fig Tree on our waterfall tour through the rainforest. You will be fascinated by its history and learning how it actually receives its nutrients. Mountain bike around Lake Eacham. Canoe at night and try to spot tree kangaroos. Keep your eyes peeled for platypuses on a guided walk before horseback riding on scenic trails.

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    Cairns, Queensland

    Whitewater raft the incredible Tully River, one of the best rafting adventures you can experience with more than 45 rapids. Go cable waterskiing with zero wake on a manmade lake designed for this incredible sport. Learn about the Great Barrier Reef at our interactive session with Reef Teach. Head to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center to learn about Australian culture and experience an authentic ceremony and show.  Relax at one of Cairns’ amazing northern beaches.

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    Great Barrier Reef

    Dive into the most extensive reef system in the world, your chance to view sea turtles and virtually thousands of fish. Snorkel or SCUBA dive at the world’s biggest structure made by living organisms. (For personal safety, to participate in any SCUBA experience, participants must be free of a number of medical conditions including asthma, heart conditions and sinus conditions; as well not be on certain medications. This is enforced by the diving company. Please ask about your own circumstances if applicable.)

    Sydney, New South Wales

    Gaze from atop the 1,001′ Sydney Tower. Hit up the popular beach towns of Bondi and Manly. Take a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime climb up the Sydney Harbour Bridge for stunning views. Check out the renowned Sydney Opera House on your guided tour. Explore the oldest area of Sydney, the Rocks and the newest, Darling Harbour. Tour the site of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Get ready for spins, slides, power-break stops, and fishtails as you jet boat through Sydney Harbour. Cheer like a local at a rugby game if there is one in town. Enjoy a farewell banquet to Australia – look back on a remarkable adventure through the Land Down Under and the best time of your life!

    The 22 day Australia program ends with a return flight from Sydney. Most of our travelers continue on our 5 day Hawaiian extension for the 27 day program, and the incredible action continues!

  • Australia, known for kangaroos, koalas, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Sydney Opera House, is also home to the boomerang, Didgeridoo and an Aboriginal culture with a rich history. Some background of this country’s history and culture is invaluable to get the most out of your experience in the Land Down Under.

    Fast Facts

    Population Australia is home to over 23 million people.
    Capital Canberra
    Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
    Official Language English
    Bordering Australia stands alone and sits between the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
    Cuisine There is a strong western influence with seafood making up a large part of the Australia diet. Vegemite is a local favorite but pizza, sandwiches, soups, curries and stir fries are all part of a regular menu.
    Voltage 240V, adapter and converter needed
    Regions There are six States and two major mainland Australian territories.

    Timeline

    40,000 Years Ago The Aboriginal people inhabited the continent.
    1770 Captain James Cook claimed Australia for Great Britain.
    1788 The first fleet under Captain Arthur Phillip landed in Sydney and is commemorated on January 26th each year. This day is now known as Australia day and is celebrated much like the 4th of July.
    1900 Adoption by the British Government to constitute the commonwealth of Australia.
    1939-1945 World War II: ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops in Greece, Crete, and N Africa (El Alamein) and the Pacific. The Japanese bomb Darwin in 1942.
    1942 First commemoration of ANZAC day to remember the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in war.
    1952 Australia, New Zealand and the United States security treaty was entered into force.
    2000 Australia hosts Olympics.

    Gold Coast

    The Gold Coast is a coastal area located in South East Queensland. The area is the third largest film production center in Australia with Warner Bros. studios located just outside the city. It has been the filming location for the Scooby Doo films and House of Wax. The Gold Coast is also the filming site for H2O: Just Add Water and the third season of The Mole. Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Meter Maids who, wearing a gold lycra bikini and Aussie Akubra hats, add coins into the expired meters along the beach along with a business card from the company’s sponsor!

    Surfers Paradise

    Surfers paradise is the “celebrated heart” of the Gold Coast. In 1935, the first waves were surfed here but it wasn’t until the 60’s and 70’s that the surfing culture exploded.

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    Infinity Light Show

    This is an interactive experience like no other that will bring you into other dimensions. It’s a futuristic maze filled with special effects, sound fields, music and illusions!

    Dreamworld

    Dreamworld opened in 1981 and has become Australia’s favorite theme park. With 27 rides including four roller coasters there are 13 different “worlds” including Ocean Parade, the DreamWorks Experience, Wiggles World, Town of Gold Rush and Tiger Island. Don’t miss 3 of the 7 big thrill rides in Ocean Parade, the largest themed area in the park. Swing nine stories high and spin 360 degrees on the Claw, hang upside down on Wipeout and travel through two inversions on Cyclone.

    Kayak & Snorkel

    Using the inland channels to avoid the waves of the sea, we tandem kayak as we look for marine life, especially dolphins.

    Surfing

    The inventors of surfing, who were from Hawaii, did it naked. When Mark Twain visited Hawaii in 1866 he wrote “In one place we came upon a large company of naked natives, of both sexes and all ages, amusing themselves with the national pastime of surf- bathing.”

    Fraser Island

    Fraser Island is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site that stretches over 76 miles in length and 14 miles at its widest point. It was named K’gari by the Aboriginals meaning Paradise. It is the largest sand island in the world!  Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes. The island was discovered by Captain James Cook.  On your ranger guided 4×4 Eco tour of the island, you will have plenty of time to hike swim and take in the majesty of this incredible island.

    Visit Lake McKenzie which is located inland from the small town of Eurong. The sand around the lake is nearly pure silica, making it the perfect place to burry your feet (or friends!). Then, float down Eli Creek, the largest freshwater stream with over one million gallons of water flowing from its mouth onto the beach and into the ocean every hour. You will also see some of the ships the island has claimed (23 recorded wrecks) in the waters between 1856 and 1935. The Maheno is the most famous wreck. It was caught in an unseasonal cyclone off the coast and washed ashore. Attempts were made to re-float the boat unsuccessfully and it now sits on an area known as 75-mile beach.

    Queensland

    Queensland occupies approximately 25% of the continent of Australia. It is the fastest growing state of the six and has almost two million visitors a year!

    Brisbane

    Brisbane is Queensland’s state capital. The Brisbane central business district stands on the original European settlement and is centered along the Brisbane River. Adelaide Clemens from X-Men Origins: Wolverine was born here as well as model and actress Jacinda Barrett who is now an American citizen.

    Crocodile Hunter’s Australia Zoo

    Established in 1970, Steve Irwin helped his parents on the then two acre wildlife park.  Steve was enlisted by the Government to help with management of crocodiles. In the 1990’s Steve and his wife Terri renamed the wildlife park to the Australia Zoo. Here, don’t miss the walk-through enclosures where you will be able to feed kangaroos and wallabys and even pet a koala. After the tragic death of Steve in 2006, Terri and daughter Bindi Sue (who was named after Steve’s favorite crocodile Bindi and his dog Sui) continue to carry on a life full of animals and the work of Steve Irwin.

    Atherton Tablelands

    The Atherton Tablelands are part of the Great Dividing Range (the range of mountains that separates the coast of Eastern Australia from the interior). This cool climate rainforest covers over 380 miles and is the home of two World Heritage listed crater lakes, Barrine and Eacham. It boasts scenic drives, rainforest walks, giant trees and plenty of wildlife.

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    Cathedral and Curtain Strangler Fig Trees

    Are you ready to see two of the most amazing trees in the world? These trees share a “strangling” growth habit that is an adaptation for growing in forests where the competition for light is intense. These plants begin life when their seeds germinate in crevices atop other trees. The seeds get to that position when a bird eats fruit and deposits it on top of another tree (fresh with its own fertilizer!). These seedlings then grow hundreds of roots downward that envelope (strangle) the host tree.  Often, the original support tree dies so that the Strangler Fig develops a hollow central core.

    Cairns

    This is the international gateway to the Great Barrier Reef!

    Great Barrier Reef

    Australia’s most remarkable sight is the world’s largest coral reef. Over millions of years, tiny animals called coral polyps strive to reach the sunlight from under the water. In order to do this and climb upwards they build solid limestone skeletons. This is the Great Barrier Reef, and it stretches over 1,250 miles and is the only living organism visible from space. In other words, it covers an area half the size of Texas. The reef contains 400 different types of coral, over 1,500 types of fish (including Nemo and Dori), six species of sea turtles and 30 species of dolphins and porpoises all that you can try to see while snorkeling or SCUBA diving. You’ll certainly understand why it is one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World.

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    Whitewater Rafting the Tully River

    The river was named after the Surveyor General of Queensland from 1875-1889, William Alcock Tully. You’ll conquer impressive whitewater while winding through a World Heritage Rainforest.

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    Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center

    Aboriginals are known to be the first inhabitants in Australia and their culture is the world’s oldest. Tjapukai Aborigines are known as the Village in the Rainforest. Learn their culture through art and dance. Try playing the didgeridoo, a wind instrument developed by Indigenous Australians of northern Australia around 1,500 years ago. The British Medical Journal found that learning and practicing the didgeridoo helped reduce snoring and sleep apnea by strengthening muscles in the upper airway!

    Cable Skiing

    Whether you are a beginner or pro, this is an experience like none other. Your waterski, wakeboard or kneeboard will be pulled by an electrically driven cable suspended about 30’ above a manmade lake so you enjoy no wake. The greater angles allow for bigger air and sharper turns so hang on tight!

    New South Wales

    New South Wales is Australia’s most populous state. It hosts the world’s largest representative touch football competition every year. An inhabitant of New South Wales is referred to as a New South Welshman (or Welshwoman).

    Sydney

    Sydney is the most popular city in Australia. It is Australia’s global city and a prime driver of the Australian economy. Sydney is consistently ranked in the top 10 of World’s Best Cities through Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards.

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    Sydney Tower

    The Sydney Tower was opened in 1981 and is ranked one of the safest buildings in the world. From bottom to the very tip, it stands over 1,000’ tall. Experience the 4D Cinema Experience, the first of its kind in Sydney and one of the largest simulated rides in the southern hemisphere before heading to the top for great views of the city. If you’re up for a challenge, consider taking the steps to the top. Each year, to raise money for a charity, the Sydney Tower Run-up allows competitors to run up 1,504 stairs from Pitt Street Mall to the Observation Deck. The two winners become eligible to compete in the Empire State Building Run-up.

    The tower is featured in Mission:Impossible 2, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and in Godzilla: Final Wars.

    Sydney Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House, which defines the skyline, opened in 1973 and was designed by Danish architect, Jorn Utzon. It conducts 3,000 events each year and has an annual audience of two million. There are 1,056,006 glossy white and matte self-cleaning cream roof tiles which are designed to look like a ship at full sail. In 2005, Sydney Opera House was included on the National Heritage List and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.

    233 designs were submitted for the Opera House design. The original estimate to build the structure was $7 million and the final cost was $102 million. The construction was largely paid for by a State Lottery. The biggest crowd to ever attend a performance for the Farewell to the World concert of the band, Crowded House was here. Slightly less popular, but equally as entertaining, was the group of Aussie dancers who staged a flash mob on the steps paying tribute to Kylie and Dannii Minogue on the steps.

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    The Rocks

    The Rocks is the foundation place of Sydney and has historical significance as a colonial district. The Indigenous Cadigal people occupied the rocky headland and surroundings for thousands of years until the first European settlers, British convicts and their overseer, claimed the land and built their camp atop the sandstone cliffs. The Rocks eventually grew from an open-air jail into a vibrant port community. The area offers a unique mixture of fine restaurants, one-of-a-kind shops, and galleries showcasing both established and emerging talent that you’ll have the opportunity to explore.

    Manly Beach

    Manly Beach got its name when Captain Arthur Phillip of the Royal Navy spent 3 days exploring Port Jackson and was impressed by the confidence and manly behavior of the Aboriginal people. You will travel by ferry to Manly Beach and visit The Corso, a pedestrian plaza and one of Manly’s main drags known for its shopping and dining, and as a great place to stroll! AZN Sydney Olympic Stadium

    Originally an industrial wasteland, Olympic Park was later transformed to hold the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. The renovation took nine years to complete and has become an international example of sustainable urban renewal and development. 199 countries participated in that year’s games including Eritrea, Micronesia and Palau. Mascots paying homage to Australia included Syd the Platypus (named from Sydney), Millie the Echidna (named from the millennium) and Olly the Kookaburra (named from the Olympics). Each represented different values. The host country claimed 16 gold medals that year.

    Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

    The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 after six years of construction, six million hand driven rivets and enough paint to cover 60 sports fields. The arch span is over 1,650’ high and 151’ wide and is the largest and widest steel bridge in the world. For those who choose, you’ll travel along the outer arch of the Bridge on catwalks and ladders to the summit, 440’ above Sydney Harbor. Are you ready for 360° views of the Opera House, the Blue Mountains and the skyline?

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    Darling Harbour

    Darling Harbour played an integral role in Sydney’s early market days when it was used for receiving fresh produce and timber The area was redeveloped and transformed into a public space dedicated during Sydney’s Bicentennial Celebrations. There are a slew of great stores along the waterfront to browse and over 50 restaurants to grab a bite to eat.  You will visit the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium that boasts over 13,000 animals from 700 different species. This aquarium features 14 themed zones including the world’s largest variety of sharks and rays. It is also home 2 of only 5 dugongs (large marine mammals similar to manatees) on display anywhere in the world!

    Aussie Lingo

    Australian English
    arvo afternoon
    barbie barbecue
    bloodyot cold, rainy weather
    bonzer great, excellent, super
    breckie breakfast
    brew cup of tea
    bush everywhere outside the city
    cardigan jacket
    dodger sandwich
    dunny toilet, lavatory, loo
    esky ice box
    g’day hello, good morning
    good onyer well done
    mozzies mosquitoes
    nippy cold, wet weather
    Oz abbreviation for Australia
    quack doctor
    righto agreed, ok
    strides pants, trousers
    tea hot evening meal
    telly television
    that’s a peg that’s the tops
    to get bushed to get lost
    tucker time mealtime
    up a gumtree in difficulties
  • Mercure King George Square – Brisbane

    Welcome to the land Down Under! Recharge from your international flight and enjoy your welcome orientation at your hotel situated in the heart of Brisbane.

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    Kingfisher Bay Resort – Fraser Island

    Nestled within the rainforest on the world’s largest sand island, the Kingfisher is the only eco-resort on Fraser Island. Designed to be integrated into the beautiful scenery and world heritage surroundings of the island, the hotel has all the amenities you would expect from a 4-star hotel including heated pool and hot tub, great breakfasts and nice rooms.

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    Outrigger Surfers Paradise – Gold Coast

    Outrigger Surfers Paradise is located on the Gold Coast in the heart of Surfers Paradise and is surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and attractions. The hotel is only 300′ from the beach. Relax at the hotel’s swimming pool and spa or enjoy a workout in the gym.

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    On The Wallaby Lodge – Atherton Tablelands

    Nestled amidst the magnificent Atherton Tablelands and close to the rainforest, your three night adventure here will definitely be a highlight!

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    Pullman Cairns International – Cairns

    Overlooking the harbor and the lush mountains, this hotel offers the perfect location to enjoy Cairns and its award-winning esplanade. The property features large rooms with private balconies, a pool, a gym, and two saunas.

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    Mantra on Kent – Sydney

    Location location location! Situated in the heart of Sydney, a five minute walk to the amazing Darling Harbour area and the fantastic Centrepoint, this suite-hotel has large spacious rooms so we can truly enjoy our fantastic four night stay in this vibrant city!

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  • Safety and Supervision, Our #1 Priority – no ifs, ands, or buts about it!

    At Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel nothing else comes first. From our extensive trip planning department through our management team and our front line leaders, it is our single biggest priority!  Safety procedures, equipment – we’ve got it covered.  All Trip Leaders and Directors are certified in First Aid and CPR.  We are extremely proud of our safety record and welcome all questions you may have in this area. Please see more under Safety First.

    Trustworthy Staff – Leaders worth following!

    Once you are on your trip, you will have sensitive leaders that are caring, approachable and always there for you. Your Trip Director and Trip Leaders are people with incredible backgrounds including teachers, guitar players, IRONMAN triathletes, SCUBA divers, volunteers, and so much more.

    Every staff member takes part in and must complete our extensive training weekends that review our philosophy and procedures to provide a well-supervised and fun-filled program.

    Our Trip Directors, the individuals responsible for overseeing each itinerary, take on the roles of teachers, coaches, camp counselors, mentors, concierges, and hosts. They’ve been trained to provide individual attention and create an all-inclusive family atmosphere (our EACH & EVERY philosophy). There’s a definite art to building dynamic groups, and we’ve worked hard to master it!  We want you smiling on day one right through to a teary goodbye at your farewell banquet.

    Our leaders are non-smokers. To learn more about our staff, please visit our Summer Leaders section.

    Group Dynamics – And very dynamic groups.

    We can’t say it too many times, this is a really incredible group experience. Great dynamics on every trip starts with our secrets for group bonding. Our bag of tricks goes way beyond traditional ice breakers. Imagine people hunts, Rock, Paper, Scissors championships, Ninja tournaments, flash mobs and so much more. We work hard to get everyone moving beyond first impressions and creating an atmosphere of total acceptance. Our staff hiring and training emphasizes social safety and establishing an inclusive culture. Many of our travelers come as individuals and we have a geographically diverse enrollment with students joining us from across the U.S., Canada and internationally. This mix helps eliminate cliques at the outset and establish an open environment that benefits you. We take great care in assembling groups to create an unforgettable social experience.

    Perfectly Planned. Perfectly Paced – It’s not just a slogan!

    Your summer of a lifetime starts with us carefully crafting the perfect program. Our team is dedicated year round to creating exciting, meaningful experiences! You have a detailed itinerary, but not one that is so rigid that you lose chances for spontaneity! Our Trip Planning Department pays painstaking attention to detail, sweating the small stuff so that your summer experience is stress free. Our trips are designed with a very logical flow: action, adventure and excitement balanced with structured downtime and relaxation. There is a reason our itineraries are known to be “Perfectly Planned. Perfectly Paced.” Our full time team has over 350 summers combined working with teenagers and we understand what you’re looking for. We describe our trips in as much detail as these web pages allow but to truly appreciate the flow of a particular program, please speak with us to review the trip of your choice.

    Active Travel Experiences – Adrenalin pumping & heart throbbing trips!

    Planning teen trips is of course a science. But it is also an art. We know when to pick up the pace to get the adrenaline flowing. We also know when it’s time to chill on the beach or have a sleep in. As you review our Australia programs, know that we have worked year after year to make every minute of every day just right.

    If we’re not seeing the sights, soaking up the Aussie culture or resting up because there is a tomorrow we’re out there playing! SCUBA or snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, riding the waves off the coast of Surfers Paradise, whitewater rafting in the middle of the rainforest or even zorbing down a hill along the Gold Coast. Vibrant cities like Brisbane and Sydney complement the adrenalin pumping activities and of course we experience aboriginal culture, local wildlife and see off the beaten path places as well.  All told you’ll be in for the experience of a lifetime – so much more exciting than summer camp!

    Leadership & Life Skills – so much more than amazing activities and sights.

    There is so much more to a teen travel experience than just traveling. Summer after summer we love nothing more than the feedback from parents sharing with us that their son or daughter has matured, has become more confident and outgoing, is more poised, more responsible and more worldly having had not just the summer of a lifetime, but a life changing experience as well. It’s amazing how much growth can occur when you are traveling and sharing the experience with incredible people in a warm and welcoming environment.

    As you travel overseas and experience other cultures and customs first hand, your perception will change as your understanding of and empathy for citizens of other countries naturally grows. Whereas prior to your travels media headlines about a foreign government may have led to generalized conclusions, your new interactions with locals and firsthand experience will enable you to see we often share more in common with others than we may have known.

    Imagine seeing first hand all you’ve learned about in your global or environmental studies class when you are standing on the steps of the Opera House, walking through the world’s oldest rainforest or swimming amongst the thousands of fish at the Great Barrier Reef.

    Our experience lends itself to trying new things and stepping just outside of one’s comfort zone. With a taste of age-appropriate independence and a well-deserved break from overly scheduled lives during the school year, you will enjoy a very healthy reprieve from the usual pressures associated with your lives. We want you to be empowered and will provide you with an opportunity to become a leader and grow your self-confidence!

    Living, experiencing, and learning together, you will be afforded the chance to interact with other teens who share both similar and different backgrounds and interests. Everybody grows in their social acceptance of others. By the end of the program we hope to have lit a spark – to travel, to learn, to meet new people, to try new things and to explore. With new friendships, new memories and new life skills on which to build, our teen travel experiences are truly unforgettable.

    The Highest Quality & Great Value – Our niche!

    There really is a difference in how different summer programs operate! Motivated teens going away with qualified leaders is a given. But what sets us apart is the depth of our qualified personnel that allow us to perform with the greatest consistency at the highest level.

    Your Trip Director and Trips Leaders are with you throughout your program. They have daily contact with one of our two 24-hour Communication Centers and are in regular contact with our Company Directors. Our Company Directors are the most seasoned veterans who each oversee specific programs providing support to trip staff and to assist with any situations that may arise. Our Company Directors alternate between traveling to visit programs and being reached in the office.

    Program visits enable us to provide ongoing support and development to our Trip Directors, allows trip staff to have a sounding board for their own progress in reaching trip goals, helps us to identify any challenging areas for improvement while it still has relevance to your summer rather than as a mention on your end-of-summer survey, and helps us to identify the future Directors from the current crop of all-star summer staff. These visits are by Company Directors along with our Regional Supervisors, who are former Trip Directors with further experience out in the field. Collectively our planning, supervisory and management team is an incredible resource with over 350 summers of combined teen travel experience. This way we can lend a hand wherever and whenever a little extra effort is called for. Last year we had 180 scheduled supervisory trip visits to make sure all was running well, provide ongoing support to our staff in the field, and have fun! This investment in depth of personnel is unrivaled in teen travel and is a critical element to achieving consistent, excellent program quality and surpassing client expectations!

    Included in the trip tuition are all activities and entertainment described, breakfast and dinner daily, lunches as indicated on your specific program, gratuities, taxes, land transportation, accommodations, and fanatical customer service from our full-time team and summer Communication Centers. This can add up to tremendous value!

    Where We Stay – Your home away from home.

    Once your action packed day is over, you’re going to need a place to crash. You will enjoy terrific centrally located properties – the Outrigger in Surfers Paradise and the Mantra on Kent in Sydney - just to name a few. For more detailed information, visit the section marked Where We Stay. Every participant gets his or her own bed to ensure a proper night’s rest.

    Taste the Difference – Warning, your mouth may water.

    A big part of a journey’s success depends on how well you eat. We are proud of the fact that year after year we are complimented for our quality, quantity and choice of food! Breakfasts in Australia are eaten at our hotels and are American style buffets with a variety of hot and cold choices (at our three night lodge stay it is continental style). For dinners, either the whole group goes to the same restaurant and orders off the menu or we divide into smaller groups with staff to sample quainter places with a variety of different cuisines.  For lunch, you enjoy the choice of eating in smaller groups of 4 or more group members and choosing from local cafes and small restaurants.  A few lunches are prepared for us on our full day activities such as snorkeling and whitewater rafting.  Your trip to Australia will be as comfortable as you want it to be.   Food options are varied and plentiful from burgers and pastas to sushi and Mediterranean.  Those of you who are more adventurous can try kangaroo meat, crocodile, emu or the Aussie staple, vegemite! And of course everyone comes home loving Tim Tams!

    We have satisfied the choosiest of eaters and gladly accommodate most special dietary requests including vegetarian, anaphylactic food allergies, lactose intolerance, celiac disease and kosher style. We welcome discussing your individual requirements with you and have extensive personal experience in this area. Please speak with us to review your needs.

    Your Ride – Travel in style.

    This program has very little bus travel time, an added bonus of the itinerary. But when we are traveling, you’ll ride on a chartered deluxe, air conditioned motor coach with a professional driver.

    Laundry – Keep it clean.

    You only need to bring one week’s worth of clothing as outlined in our packing list. Every week we either drop off laundry at a local wash and fold service and then pick it up clean, folded and ready to go; or where possible, we visit local laundromats.

    Keeping in Touch Over the Summer – 24/7 peace of mind.

    While you’re out having the summer of your life, your parents should feel like they are in on the action as well.  We post updates to our blog and Facebook page and e-mail photos approximately once a week so those at home can be in on the fun. Parents also have access to our dedicated office Trip Monitors 24/7 for any questions and/or concerns. We’re as in touch as any trip operator could possibly be via smartphones with e-mail and text. The goal is uncompromising safety and peace of mind, day after day, hour by hour, minute by minute. Participants may bring their personal cell phones.

    We Deliver – 98% approval rating!

    Planning teen travel is of course a science. But it is also an art. We know when to pick up the pace and to get adrenaline flowing; we also know when it’s time to relax or have a sleep in. As you review our different itineraries, know that we have worked year after year to make every minute of every day just right. In last summer’s surveys, 98% of responding teens and parents said they would recommend us to others. We must be doing something right!

Price Listed in U.S. Funds Includes

All lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, 7 lunches, recreation & entertainment listed, gratuities, taxes and inner trip flights (Brisbane to Cairns & Cairns to Sydney).

Accommodations

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