Pacific Discovery: Australia Summer Program | 4 weeks


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Destination: Australia
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June, July
    • Session Length: Four Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 12th, PG, College
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Sub-Categories: Surfing, Hiking
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 17, 18, 19+, 19
    • Minimum Cost: > $3,000
    • Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
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    Hop onto this summer program and go canyoning in the Blue Mountains, hiking on Magnetic Island, boating among the Whitsundays Islands, and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Along your journey, you'll try to spot humpback whales at numerous headland walks, and experience life in the Australian outback. There’s also time to explore vibrant Sydney, Byron Bay and Cairns. The climate, friendly people, unusual wildlife, and natural beauty make it a fantastic place to experience!

    You'll also give surfing in the dazzling New South Wales National Parks. At the heart of surfing is a connection-to-nature philosophy. You get to experience this in a hands-on way by undertaking volunteer conservation work alongside National Parks staff in two coastal National Parks. Throughout the rest of your time on the east coast, you’ll learn an enormous amount about the environmental and ecological history and how that unique history has shaped Australia’s flora, fauna and people.


    • 'Save our Species' project around conservation and the local ecosystem in two coastal National Parks
    • Canyoning adventure in the Blue Mountains (swimming, jumping, and abseiling through waterfalls)
    • Learn to ride waves from surfing-guru instructors during a surf camp
    • Experience life and work with animals on an outback station
    • Snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef with turtles and experience its immense marine diversity
    • Soak up the ambiance of Byron Bay and Cairns
    • Go on a 4WD-adventure on Fraser Island through the rainforest and along endless sandy beaches
    • Island hopping and snorkeling in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands
    • Explore the famous beaches, museums and opera house of Sydney
    • Hike, swim and spot koalas on Magnetic Island
    • It's whale season in Australia - try to spot migrating humpback whales and dolphins everywhere you go!
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