The protection and sustainability of our planet is the focus of this week-long tour which packs in hands-on learning in some of the most astounding landscapes on the planet. It begins and ends in Cairns, where students will become marine biologists for a day as they study the ecology, health and conservation issues affecting the world’s largest coral reef. Heading inland they will venture into the astounding Atherton Tablelands, Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation to see first-hand how the landscape is being conserved. Rainforest tours as well as trips to a wind farm, syntropic farm and an ocean plastic clean-up barely scratch the surface of the experiences awaiting students on this carefully-designed and highly rewarding tour.
This action-packed, week-long tour into Australia’s Northern Territory focuses on genuine cultural immersion with one of the world’s most ancient communities, the Yonglu of Arnhem Land. Amongst this sprawling wilderness of deep gorges, coursing rivers and untouched coastlines, the Yonglu share their culture, beliefs, traditions and homes with students who get hands-on experiences and authentic activities. Darwin will be the jumping off point to Arnhem Land, this enigmatic northern city offering world class museums, lively waterfront districts and stomach-churning close encounters with dinosaur-like saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Students will learn about historic events including the devastating World War II bombing of Darwin and the havoc wreaked by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, and also hear about the Royal Flying Doctor Service which brings medical aid to isolated communities. From the wilds of Arnhem Land to the vibrant heart of Darwin it is a week packed with learning, cultural immersion, and fun-filled experiences.
Where could be better to meet and learn about the traditions, lives and ancestry of the Aboriginal people of Australia than in the heart of its most beautiful desert? On this 9 day tour of the red desert surrounding Alice Springs students will be immersed in both the landscape and culture of this fascinating, ancient region. From being guided around the world famous Uluru by a local Anangu guide, to looking at differences in contemporary society within Aboriginal communities in the MacDonnell Mountains, it is a truly enlightening journey. They will also gain insight into the lives of the isolated communities of the desert, spending time on a working cattle station, as well as learning about this unique landscape at the Earth Sanctuary. The trip begins and ends in the desert town of Alice Springs and focuses on curriculum-led topics such as social justice, geography and Aboriginal culture.
Northern Territory is the destination for this week-long, fully immersive lesson in the geography and aboriginal culture of a region which is steeped in natural abundance and human history. Students will delve deep into some of Australia’s most iconic national parks, with time spent in Darwin, Kakadu, and Litchfield. Bush crafts skills will be sharpened, there will be close encounters with saltwater crocodiles, and days spent in close connection with aboriginal communities. This itinerary will explore how history, geography, science, and society interact in the real world. This tour is an off-grid, boots-on-the-ground experience which will challenge and inspire students and help them see the connections between man and nature.
Tasmania is a wild land, where sprawling landscapes, indigenous culture and an often dark history has given rise to a flourishing art and history scene, where ancient traditions and modern museums exist amongst some of Australia’s most astounding wilderness. On this 8 day tour, students will get to experience a fascinating cross-section of Tasmania’s culture, from visiting the vibrant capital Hobart to gazing across the wild lands of the Tasman Peninsula. They will visit iconic museums such as MONA (Museum of Old and New) and partake in immersive and interactive workshops at institutions such as the Nolan Gallery and School of Art and the NITA Education indigenous centre. They will explore Macquarie Harbour and Port Arthur to learn about their history as some of the first and harshest penal colonies in the country. From quaint artist’s towns to geological marvels, this Tasmania tour is filled with inspiration and intrigue.
Sustainability is a vital topic for the future of our planet. This 9 day tour immerses students in one of the most spectacular regions on the planet and looks at the practices which aim to keep it that way. They will get the opportunity to experience raw and untamed nature in Atherton Tablelands, the wild landscape north of Cairns, where swimming in waterfall pools, exploring the lush rainforest and staying at an eco-lodge will renew their passion for the great outdoors. Yet they will also get a chance to see the technologies ensuring a sustainable future, from visiting a syntropic farm, to learning about wind energy and visiting a bat hospital. The last three days of the tour will see students undertake a volunteer program at Oceans 2 Earth, where they will conduct snorkelling surveys of the Great Barrier Reef, be guided by a marine biologist and spend time contributing positively to its future preservation. This immersive, practical and hugely enjoyable tour will leave students feeling as sense of self-fulfilment and dedication to conserve the environment for future generations.
With the right technologies and a deep understanding of the landscape, nature and agriculture can flourish together, and students will get a first-hand insight into how this is being done with huge success in northern Queensland on this 8-day tour. They will get the opportunity to tour farms in the lush fertile region of Atherton Tablelands, visiting farms from syntropic eco-farms, to wind farms, environmentally conscious banana plantations and biodynamic dairy farms. The region is also rich in native history, and students will also get the opportunity to learn how aboriginal communities have lived in symbiosis with the landscape for centuries as they attend traditional ceremonies and undertake guided rainforest walks. From vibrant Cairns to the beautiful Daintree National Park, where the Great Barrier Reef awaits, this is a trip where compassion for the landscape is combined with modern innovation and ancient traditions.