Your Custom Trip: Choose From Our Offerings

Student group trips are all we do.  Therefore, all of our activities, accommodation, meals and super smart guides are handpicked for the happiness of students and teachers.

Choose from our list of activities based on your student group’s interest and educational goals.  Then we will put it all together in a custom excursion, create a risk assessment, and have every detail of your trip planned out.

Our Custom Tours Include:

tick markExpert Guides Matched to Your Educational Goals & Budget.
Our guides aren’t bus drivers with dorky knee socks; they are marine biologists, naturalists and teachers.

tick markAccommodation and Activities.
Lodging that is safe, central and family owned when possible.  Activities that you won’t find anywhere else.

tick markRestaurant Meals and Snacks.
Allergic to zebra meat? No problem!  We provide EVERYONE with delicious and plentiful meals and snacks, even if you are a vegan, you eat halal, gluten-free or zebra-free. You will love the restaurants!

tick markAirport Transfers and Ground Transport.
We are at the airport, smiling, waiting to greet you (and please tell us if we have some spinach in our teeth.) Our buses are safe and comfortable. And our guides drive you to your activities.

tick markComplete Risk Assessments.
We evaluate hazards so your trip is as safe as it can be while you still have fun.

tick markGoodies!  Field guides, BPA-free Water Bottle and Shopping Bag to Keep.
You and your students are awesome.  That’s why we give you these gifts.



Unless otherwise stated, all of these activities take place in Far North Queensland


Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

  • Discover the Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal elder guide
  • Learn from an Aboriginal artist about traditional painting styles and then paint your own boomerang
  • Guest speaker: Aboriginal ranger discussing traditional protected area management and TUMRAs
  • Cook, camp and share stories with the Mandingalbay Yidinji people
  • Listen to one of the last Indigenous speakers of Jirrbal explain aspects of this language
  • Sample “bush tucker” (food) on a walk with an Aboriginal elder
  • Watch creation stories play out in a 360-degree theatre and then a dance performance
  • Follow story lines on a river canoeing day trip with a Jirrbal guide
  • Hear the haunting sounds of the didgeridoo
  • Perfect your boomerang and/or spear throwing techniques

Trips that already feature these activities:  Aboriginal Culture Discovery; Service Learning Adventure; Outback, Reef & Rainforest; Best of Australia;  5-Day Biology Camp; Community Service & Sustainability; Australia Highlights; Australian Tropical Biology; Aussie Adventure; Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; Ecosystems at Risk: Coral Reefs Study

Adventure

Adventure

  • Do canyoning: abseil (rappel), jump and slide through a tropical river gorge
  • Raft the whitewater of the Barron or Tully rivers
  • Spend two days on a live aboard boat at the reef
  • Rock climb and abseil under expert instruction
  • Climb to the top of one of the area’s highest peaks
  • Zoom through the rainforest canopy on a jungle zip line
  • Sea kayak among fringing reefs
  • Test your bravery while navigating a high ropes course
  • Explore labyrinthine caves with a national park ranger
  • Plunge down a slippery chute on a mat into a pool below – we call it “landsliding”!
  • Try cable skiing or wakeboarding at an aqua park
  • Earn a certification to SCUBA dive – or just try an Intro Dive

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Australia & New Zealand; Teambuilding & Adventure Camp; Aussie Adventure; Aboriginal Culture Discovery ;Reef & Marine Studies; Outback, Reef & Rainforest; Best of Australia; Australia Highlights

Agriculture & Farmstay

Agriculture & Farmstay

 

  • Visit a coffee plantation to discover the bean growing process and sip some samples
  • Learn about clonal seed propagation at a native plant nursery
  • Taste varieties of tropical fruit wine at a rural winery
  • Learn innovative techniques farmers are using to protect the Great Barrier Reef
  • Hear from Aussie farmers about a wide variety of crops and growing styles
  • Make cheese on a dairy farm and learn about bio-dynamic growing principles
  • Stay with a family on an outback farm
  • Discover a sugar cane and cocoa farm and taste the sweet results
  • Explore highlands and lowlands rainforest, savannah land, and outback country and learn the challenges of growing in each location

 

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Agriculture & Agronomy; Community Service & Sustainability; Outback, Reef & Rainforest; Australia Highlights; Best of Australia

Biology & Biodiversity

Biology & Biodiversity

 

  • Collect data about coral predators and bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit James Cook University’s aquarium – venomous creatures, sharks and the cast from Finding Nemo
  • Find nocturnal wildlife with a spotlighting exercise
  • Guest speaker: Introduction to The Wet Tropics/Biodiversity
  • Perform a species transect using quadrats
  • Fashion insect traps in a “bug workshop” with an entomologist
  • View the Daintree rainforest from above in one of the world’s only tropical canopy cranes
  • Identify marine species with waterproof slates at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Learn about biological control technologies from a farm-based agronomist
  • Participate in a role-playing debate about a local environmental issue
  • Stay overnight at a rainforest research station
  • Talk with researchers at one of Australia’s top mosquito research centres

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: 7-Day Biology Camp; Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; Australian Tropical Biology; 5-Day Biology Camp; Agriculture & Agronomy; Reef & Marine Studies; Ecosystems at Risk: Coral Reefs Study

Botany

Botany

 

  • Evaluate ecosystems and sketch vegetation profiles
  • Tour the Tropical Botanic Gardens with a botanist
  • Go behind-the-scenes at a tropical herbarium that boasts the world’s best collection of northern Australian plants
  • Learn how to identify basic leaf types
  • Meet a massive strangler fig tree that attracts international visitors
  • Learn how to use permaculture principles and how to create an aquaponics system to grow your own food
  • Discover traditional uses of plants and their medicinal properties with an Aboriginal elder
  • Witness how plants evolved as continents pulled apart on a Gondwanan heritage walk
  • Visit a seed lab and learn about native plant propagation

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: 5-Day Biology Camp; Aboriginal Culture Discovery ; Australian Tropical Biology; Agriculture & Agronomy7-Day Biology Camp

 

Challenge/Team-Building

Challenge/Team-Building

 

  • Hike up one of Queensland’s highest mountains on a trip challenge
  • Work as a team to build a raft
  • Participate in a challenge/obstacle course
  • Represent “countries” going for the gold with island or beach Olympics
  • Navigate Grade III rapids as a team on an exhilarating whitewater rafting trip
  • Traverse a low and high ropes course
  • Let our guide facilitate fun team-building games and initiatives
  • Try our Urban Challenge in Cairns or Sydney – winning team gets a prize!

 

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Teambuilding & Adventure Camp; ; Australia & New Zealand ; Community Service & Sustainability; Aussie Adventure

Community Service

Community Service

 

  • Collect data about coral predators and bleaching at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Make a meal for the homeless in a local cafe
  • Plant native trees in a riparian zone
  • Stay overnight at a wildlife park and then help with the park’s operations
  • Learn about mangroves from a naturalist, pick up rubbish from those heavily impacted, and then tally your “rubbish results”
  • Do craftwork with elderly Australians in an aged care facility
  • Stencil messages on neighbourhood drains to raise awareness about water affecting the Great Barrier Reef
  • Collect data on the success of a rainforest revegetation project
  • Create hygiene packs for a charity helping needy people

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Service Learning Adventure ; Community Service & Sustainability ; Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; 5-Day Biology Camp; Ecosystems at Risk: Coral Reefs Study; 7-Day Biology Camp

Geography

Geography

 

  • Visit and study two ecosystems at risk
  • Guest speaker: Impacts of Tourism – Case Studies
  • Join in our mapping activity to understand contemporary protected area management
  • Learn about geomorphology on a Great Barrier Reef island
  • Guest speaker: Aboriginal ranger discussing traditional protected area management and TUMRAs
  • Participate in a formal debate about a proposed urban development in Cairns
  • Ride the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and use a ranger’s talk as a case study

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; Ecosystems at Risk: Coral Reefs Study

 

 

Marine Science & The Reef

Marine Science & The Reef

 

  • Monitor coral bleaching and coral predators at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Visit James Cook University’s marine labs and learn about cutting-edge research
  • Discover mangroves–the “nursery” of the reef–from our guide (and add an optional mangrove cleanup as a service project!)
  • Earn a SCUBA Diving certification
  • Measure water quality at the reef & understand what chemical tests say
  • Learn about friendly and frightening creatures during our marine biologist evening presentation
  • Encounter sick & injured turtles at an island turtle rehab centre
  • Camp on an island at the Great Barrier Reef with our marine biologist
  • Sea kayak to explore different marine habitats
  • Watch for whales in June, July and August on a reef trip

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Reef & Marine Studies ; 5-Day Biology Camp ; Australian Tropical Biology; Service Learning Adventure; Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; Community Service & Sustainability; Outback, Reef & Rainforest; 7-Day Biology Camp

Sustainability

Sustainability

 

  • Collect data on the success of a Daintree rainforest revegetation plot
  • Visit Queensland’s first wind farm
  • Address issues of global food security by learning to make a mini- aquaponics system (growing your own food!)
  • Discover a sustainable timber farm & the things they make
  • Guest Speaker/Case Study: Small World Journeys owner speaks about sustainability practices in a tourist venture
  • Help with socio-cultural sustainability by helping Cairns’ homeless
  • Visit a recycling facility

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Community Service & Sustainability; 5-Day Biology Camp; Service Learning Adventure; Australian Tropical Biology; Agriculture & Agronomy; Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; Reef & Marine Studies; Australia & New Zealand; Ecosystems at Risk: Coral Reefs Study; 7-Day Biology Camp

Wildlife

Wildlife

 

  • Get an introduction to scary creatures during our Dangerous Animals Presentation
  • Cuddle a koala and get your photo with one
  • Spot nocturnal wildlife on a night walk with our guide
  • Watch crocodiles gobble their prey at a crocodile park
  • Find Nemo and his friends at The Great Barrier Reef
  • Observe bizarre wildlife that lives in giant outback lava tubes
  • Spend the night behind-the-scenes at a wildlife park
  • Discover endemic birds on an early morning walk with our guide
  • Seek the duck-billed platypus at dusk or dawn – we know where they live!
  • Look for tree kangaroos on a walk with an Aboriginal guide
  • Understand how turtles are cared for at a rehabilitation centre
  • Walk among kangaroos, emus and wallabies at a special park for Aussie wildlife

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Outback, Reef & Rainforest; 5-Day Biology Camp; Aboriginal Culture Discovery ; Australian Tropical Biology; Australia & New Zealand; Best of Australia; Learn to SCUBA Dive ; Aussie Adventure; 7-Day Biology Camp; Australia Highlights; Ecosystems at Risk: Reef & Rainforest; Community Service & Sustainability; Reef & Marine Studies

Evening Activities (Cairns)

Evening Activities (Cairns)

 

  • Rollerskating
  • Evening Presentation on the Reef
  • Table tennis championship
  • Karaoke
  • “Beach” volleyball
  • Cairns Night Markets
  • Campfire
  • Skits (we provide the costumes – you provide the drama!)
  • Classic Aussie BBQ beach party
Sydney

Sydney

 

  • Go behind-the-scenes at a Sydney theatre
  • Discover the hidden gems of the historic district with an Aboriginal guide
  • Participate in a fun Urban Challenge to learn more about the city
  • Get surfing lessons at Manly or Bondi Beach
  • Explore Sydney Harbour on an affordable chartered boat with a friendly captain
  • Be taught by an art historian about famous paintings
  • Climb the city’s Harbour Bridge pylon for amazing views
  • Tour the Chinese Friendship gardens – an oasis in the city
  • Celebrate Aboriginal culture at an Indigenous-run centre

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Sydney Discovery ; Sydney Spectacular; Best of Australia; Aussie Adventure; Australia Highlights

Brisbane/Gold Coast

Brisbane/Gold Coast

 

  • Feed wild dolphins when they come into shore each night
  • Have fun at a host of theme parks: Movie World, Sea World and Dreamworld
  • Learn to surf a gentle section of Surfers Paradise beach
  • Help a local charity serving the homeless and needy
  • Zoom down giant sand dunes on a purpose-made board
  • Snorkel at a collection of bizarre shipwrecks

Trips that already feature some or all of these activities: Best of Australia; Aussie Adventure