Teambuilding and Adventure Camp – 6 Day Adventure

Working Together and Stretching Comfort Zones

This is a student trip full of adventure with a “learn by doing” focus. The exhilaration of navigating an urban challenge, learning to abseil, or snorkelling for the first time will produce courage and confidence. And building a raft together, helping one another through an obstacle course or paddling as a team down whitewater rapids will foster a sense of teamwork and cooperation. A naturalist guide will introduce you to the area’s World-Heritage rainforest chock full of unique wildlife, ferns, flowers and hidden waterfalls.


  • Navigate Grade III rapids as a team on the Barron River
  • Help each other over and through obstacles on a fun challenge course
  • Build courage while abseiling and “canyoning”
  • Learn about the cultural, historic and natural history of Cairns on an urban challenge
  • Swim under waterfalls and snorkel at The Great Barrier Reef
  • Participate in Beach Olympics on a gorgeous tropical island

Benefits & Bonuses:

  • All accommodation, meals, guides and transport to activities included
  • Risk assessment provided
  • Price Guarantee: price will not change once you sign up for your trip
  • Expert guides – not “bus drivers”
  • We cater to student special diets and swimming levels
  • Goodies! Water bottle, field guide, cloth shopping bag and rainforest plot adopted in your name
  • MAKE IT YOUR OWN – This trip is fully customisable.  Ask us for details!


Day 1: Arrival in Cairns, Orientation and Canyoning

Day 1: Arrival in Cairns, Orientation and Canyoning

Flight to Cairns: Welcome to the tropics! On arrival you are met by a Small World Journeys staff member and transferred to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Your accommodation is at a breezy award-winning hostel in the centre of Cairns’ restaurant and shopping district, and only a few blocks from the waterfront. Well shaded by tropical trees and plants, the hostel features an outdoor pool, pool table, large kitchen for self-catering meals and free internet and WiFi.

Canyoning: Get ready to get wet! Your first adventure activity is called “canyoning”, which has you following a waterway through a gorgeous tropical canyon.  You learn to abseil beside waterfalls, slide and jump into clear pools, and hook in to a fantastic zip line over the gorge.  Suitable for ages 8 and above, this is the perfect activity to face your fears and join together in adventure!

Accommodation: Cairns Budget Accommodation
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cairns Highlands, Crater Lake, Group Games and Platypus/Glowworm Spotting

Day 2: Cairns Highlands, Crater Lake, Group Games and Platypus/Glowworm Spotting

Cairns Highlands: This morning you take a walk at Lake Eacham at Crater Lakes National Park, an ancient volcanic crater—or maar—now protected in a national park. A track around the lake passes through several different rainforest communities, offering you an opportunity to glimpse some of the area’s endemic species. You’ll look for Boyd’s Forest Dragons, turtles and birds of paradise, after which you can take a plunge in the cool clear waters of the crater.

Group Team Games: Next the focus turns to team building as you gather together for a series of group games. These games are designed to promote promote cooperation and communication, and to help establish a positive tone for the rest of the trip.

Accommodation: Later you settle into your dorm-style accommodation next to a gorgeous waterfall. Cabins with shared bathrooms are split by gender, and teachers have their own cabins nearby with ensuites, small refrigerator, and tea & coffee making facilities.

Platypus and Glowworm Spotting: Near sunset you can look for the elusive platypus that swims in the property’s stream, or after dark you can also creep down a path through the rainforest to view some of Australia’s most unusual creatures – glow worms – that attract mates through bioluminescence and make tiny twinkles in the night.

Accommodation: Highlands Cabins
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Raft Building, Obstacle Course and Waterfalls

Day 3: Raft Building, Obstacle Course and Waterfalls

Team-Building Activities: This morning you have a fun-filled day of activities designed to strengthen your sense of teamwork. First you band together in teams to make your way through an army-style obstacle course designed to test your skill and speed. The course is tailored to your group, and you can add special challenges if you choose.

Raft-Building: Next you use your intellect and creativity in a raft-building exercise. Using only tyres, ropes and some plastic containers, you must work together to produce a floating raft for your team, and then successfully make your way across a pond! This is a true test of your ingenuity and is sure to produce lots of laughs.

Josephine Falls: Later you enter Wooroonooran National Park—a diverse part of the UNESCO Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and one of the most picturesque places in the entire Wet Tropics! You take an easy walk through the jungle, listening for the call of the king parrot and the bowerbird and emerge at Josephine Falls, where Josephine Creek plunges down a gorgeous set of cascades. Below the falls, boulders surround a fun swimming hole and a natural water slide down a smooth sloping rock face.

Accommodation: Cairns Budget Accommodation
Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Inner Great Barrier Reef and Fitzroy Island Activities

Day 4: The Inner Great Barrier Reef and Fitzroy Island Activities

Ferry Ride: This morning you board your ferry and then depart for a pristine tropical Island – a green gem in a turquoise sea. With a prime spot on the inner Great Barrier Reef, the island and the surrounding reefs support some of the planet’s greatest biodiversity and the island is now protected as a national park.

Beach Olympics: You have a fun-filled morning of activity when you divide into teams for Beach Olympics. Each team represents a country, and a rotation system ensures everyone participates. The Games are a mix of athletic and non-athletic competitions—some more physical than others—and other activities that require sand, water or both.

Snorkelling: With full use of snorkel gear for the rest of the day, you can walk right into the water to explore the magnificent reef system that surrounds the island. Just offshore a kaleidoscope of marine life beckons to be discovered: colourful corals, parrot and lionfish, turtles, cuttle fish, rays and giant clams. Your guide and teachers supervise this activity.

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre: The Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre has just built a new turtle clinic facility on the island, which is an extension of the existing facility in Cairns. The centre treats and cares for sick, injured and stranded sea turtles, and in small groups you visit the facility to learn how volunteers’ efforts help save these creatures.

Swimming and Marine Trampoline:  Later in the afternoon, you may love to go for a swim, bounce on the giant marine trampoline, or try out a paddle board in the shallow Welcome Bay.

Accommodation: Cairns Budget Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Cairns Urban Challenge and Rafting the Barron River Gorge

Day 5: Cairns Urban Challenge and Rafting the Barron River Gorge

Urban Challenge: Today you participate in Small World Journeys’ Urban Challenge, which involves the group splitting up into smaller groups in a type of treasure hunt to find Cairns’ historical, cultural and whimsical sites and landmarks. This is a good way to sharpen your skills in making your way around a city, but in a safe and controlled manner. Afterwards, you can explore the lively Esplanade, the giant swimming lagoon, or Cairns Central shopping centre.

Rafting the Barron River: In the afternoon you travel from Cairns to your put-in at Barron Gorge National Park. The Barron River ranks high with rafting enthusiasts around the globe for its stunning course through national parklands, Class III rapids, and its reliable year-round flows. First timers and experienced rafters alike are spoiled by the Barron’s fun paddling and gorgeous pristine wilderness.

At the river you are fitted with a life jacket and helmet and after a safety briefing you are on the water. In 6-person rafts, you paddle through UNESCO World Heritage rainforest and below waterfalls that tumble from the walls of the gorge. Rousing rapids with evocative names like Cheese Churn, Rooster Tail and Hells Gate punctuate your route as you paddle the spectacular canyon.

You have a farewell dinner in town tonight to celebrate your adventures this week.

Accommodation: Cairns Budget Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Free Time and Depart

Day 6: Free Time and Depart

After breakfast this morning you have free time for last-minute shopping or souvenir purchases. Then you are transferred to the Cairns airport for your flight home.

Included: Breakfast

Is this adventure and team building camp too long or too short? Contact us for custom tour options that match your budget and objectives!

School Trip Fees Include:

  • Cairns airport transfers
  • Small World Journeys guide Days 2-4
  • Specialty guides and educators
  • All activities and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation to activities
  • 4 nights at Cairns budget accommodation (4 or 6 share dorm rooms with private bathroom)
  • 2 nights Cairns Highlands cabins (single gender dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms)
  • Teacher accommodation in double or triple share private rooms and cabins
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners
  • Mask, fins, and snorkel hire for inner Great Barrier Reef day
  • 101 Animals of the Great Barrier Reef field guide for each student
  • Pre-trip educational information
  • 5 metres square Daintree rainforest plot adopted in your group’s name through Rainforest Rescue
  • Carbon offsetting through Sustainable Travel International (STI) for a carbon-neutral trip

*Two teacher rooms (private twin or triple share rooms with ensuite) in Cairns are included in the trip price.  A supplement of $260 AUD is charged if an additional private room is required. If teachers are happy to share a room, no additional costs are incurred.


Trip Fees Exclude:

  • Airfare to Cairns
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, etc.)

Land Cost to 31 March 2018:

  • 15+ participants: $1342 AUD
  • 10-14 participants: $1435 AUD


All accommodation is included. In Cairns you stay at a breezy award-winning hostel in the centre of the restaurant and shopping district. Students like the tropical swimming pool, lounging in the hammock and playing billiards at the free pool table, while group leaders love the private ensuite rooms, air conditioning, laundry facilities and free internet/WiFi. In the Cairns Highlands, you stay on a gorgeous rural property next to a waterfall: accommodation is in single gender-dorm style cabins with shared bathrooms, and teacher/leaders have their own cabins with ensuite.


All meals are included.  You have a combination of catered and restaurant meals. A typical breakfast is a selection of cereals, toast, juice and fruits; lunches are combinations of sandwiches and salads with fruits and a sweet, and dinners are a sample of BBQs, all-you-can-eat pasta and pizza, seafood treats and local favourites. Ask us about vegetarian, kosher and halal options.



Small World Journeys reserves the right to change the order of activities for logistical reasons.



  1. Read our Terms and Conditions.
  2. Pay a $200 AUD deposit for the group (not per person – just a flat $200 to secure your booking) via our payment page or by direct deposit/cheque.
  3. Receive our Confirmation Pack which includes forms parents must sign.
  4. Have each student sign up via our Booking Form and pay for their trip by 60 days prior to the trip.
  5. Enjoy your trip!

Question 1: How do we arrange airfare?

Answer: We do not arrange airfare in house, however we do work closely with a couple of travel agents who would be happy to help: In Australia, we recommend Kim Salter, our Melbourne-based travel agent. Contact Kim at or call + 61 0433 324 455 or toll free within Australia 1 300 640 821.   In the US, we recommend: Sandra Marron at Millennium Travel California. You can contact Sandra at or call  1-415-898- 7974.

Question 2: What happens when we arrive at the airport?

Answer: You will be met by a Small World Journeys staff member who will give you an orientation and then accompany you to your accommodation.

Question 3: When is the best time to visit Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef?

Answer: Cairns is a tropical place, and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. In our summer (December-February), the weather is at its warmest and wettest. You can expect hot days with occasional tropical storms, producing lush green hillsides and plenty of waterfalls. Average temperatures are 23-31 degrees Celsius/73-87 Fahrenheit. In our winter (June-August), the climate is at its most mild, with warm days, cool nights, and little rainfall. Average temperatures are 18-26 degrees Celsius/64-78 degrees Fahrenheit. Autumn (March - May) brings unpredictable weather - it can be warm and rainy or hot and sunny. Springtime (September - November) is the most predicable, and days tend to be warm to hot with little rainfall. The visbility at the Great Barrier Reef is at its best September - November, but can be enjoyed year-round. Come June - September for seasonal whale watching.  

Question 4: Do we need to worry about jellyfish?

Answer: The box jellyfish are present in the northern coastal waters from November to April/May. The jellyfish are found close to shore—they breed in estuaries and very very rarely can they make it to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Most of the swimming beaches have “stinger nets” up during this season so people can swim. However, the tiny Irukandji jellyfish has been known on occasion to slip through the nets, and this is most often where people have been stung. It is a very painful sting, but there have been only 2 confirmed deaths in Australia due to the Irukandji jellyfish. The good news is that the jellyfish are rarely found at the outer Great Barrier Reef, where you will be snorkeling and/or diving. Most people swim on the reef without using any protection. According to the CRC Reef Research Centre, “In offshore waters around coral reefs, box jellyfish that cause Irukandji syndrome are usually well dispersed and the incidence of stings is very small.” Nonetheless, reef operators have “stinger suits” as well as wetsuits as an extra precaution.

Question 5: What happens if a student cancels?

Answer: If an individual student cancels from a trip within 30 days of the trip departure, no refunds are given. For this reason, we strongly encourage all parents to purchase trip cancellation insurance in order to protect against unforeseen circumstances which are the main cause for student cancellations. For more details, please see our Terms & Conditions.

Question 6: What is your safety record?

Answer: Our safety record is outstanding. Please ask us for teacher/supervisor references specifically regarding our safety measures and practices.  We do risk assessments for every excursion we run. We carry a first aid kit in our vehicles, as well as on the guide's person when in remote areas.  All guides are certified in first aid and CPR.  We give every student  a card with emergency numbers and safety information on it to carry, and we review safety measures as part of our orientation. Safety is absolutely our number one concern at all times. We do everything in our power to make sure each trip is as safe as it can possibly be.

Question 7: Do you do risk assessments?

Answer: Yes. We evaluate and re-evaluate the safety of each of our destinations and activities, and we always reserve the right to modify or cancel an itinerary if the guide feels that conditions are unsafe. We will gladly provide a risk management assessment specific to your trip on request. Small World Journeys' staff also adhere to a comprehensive Risk Management Strategy.

Question 8: Why should we purchase travel insurance?

Answer: We strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance for your protection. Should a participant need to cancel their trip for any reason, our cancellation policy applies. However, travel insurance protects any loss they may experience should s/he or an immediate family member become ill or sustain an injury that prevents them from going on the trip.

Question 9: What makes Small World Journeys "eco-friendly"?

Answer: An eco tour, in our opinion, is a trip in which everyone benefits: the community, the environment, you and us. Simply by joining one of our trips, you will be supporting carbon offsetting, Rainforest Rescue's Adopt-A-Square initiative, aboriginal cultural ventures and locally-owned businesses who are working towards a more sustainable future in tourism. As our guest, you are supporting us as well. Thank you! For more information, see 10 Reasons Why We're Eco.

Question 10: How does Small World Journeys incorporate our educational objectives?

Answer: We work directly with the teacher organiser or group leader to understand the goals of the trip. Then we suggest activities and learning opportunities to match these objectives. For example, a group may be interested in learning more about marine biology. In this case we will facilitate some fun classroom time dedicated to marine science in Cairns, then a couple of days at the Great Barrier Reef with our marine biologist guide. We can include such things as waterproof fish and coral ID cards for each student, and mini-lectures after snorkel time. A SCUBA certification course may also be appropriate. Alternatively, we might suggest a few days at an island research station, during which students have classroom and snorkel time, as well as a service project monitoring coral bleaching on the reef. Whether it is marine science, aboriginal culture, rainforest ecology or another topic, we will work with each group to ensure an educational yet fun experience for all.

A School Camp… with a difference!

Your team-building, adventure program with SWJ is designed to get your class working as a team to conquer their fears and try new things. With this program your students get a chance to get into the great outdoors and challenge themselves in a new adventurous environment.

  • Development of social skills and independence
  • An opportunity for “green-time” over “screen-time”
  • Gain confidence as they learn to abseil and river raft
  • Learn team-building skills and bond as a year group

Australian National Curriculum

Sustainability: Your trip with Small World Journeys will be carbon neutral and students will receive an introductory talk on how our business and their trip are eco-friendly and ways they can contribute by participating in more eco-friendly practises. In addition the operators used by SWJ are chosen based on their eco-friendly practises.

How your trip supports the community

SUPPORTING LOCAL INDIGENOUS CULTURE: We acknowledge  Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islander People as the first inhabitants of Australia and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where we work and our groups travel. We are proud to say that in the financial year of 2015-16, we gave over $28,000 in business to Aboriginal-owned ventures. By taking this trip, you are supporting grassroots indigenous tourism ventures and encouraging Aboriginal pride in culture.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES: We use locally owned accommodation, restaurants, and suppliers whenever possible to keep income in the community. This includes supporting farmers by purchasing locally-grown fruits and vegetables for you on your trip. We also give you a list of where to buy locally-made crafts and souvenirs so you can continue this support as well.

SUPPORTING LOCAL HOMELESS YOUTH: We donate to Harald’s House for homeless and disadvantaged youth in Cairns. For more information on Harald’s House and other organisations to which we donate, see Philanthropy and Partnerships.

How your trip is “Eco-friendly”

ADOPTING A RAINFOREST PLOT IN YOUR NAME: We pay to have a 5-square metre plot of rainforest is adopted in your group’s name through Rainforest Rescue. On your excursion, your group will be presented with a certificate detailing the significance of this gift to the environment.

REDUCING WASTE: We give you your own water bottle and cloth shopping bag to eliminate the need for disposable bottles and plastic bags. By reducing our need for plastic bags and bottles, we avoid having these things go into landfills or into the tummies of our native animals. For more information on how we donate to The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and other environmental groups, see Partners and Philanthropy.

CARBON OFFSETTING: We calculate the total carbon footprint of your trip. Then we pay Sustainable Travel International (STI) to offset your emissions by investing in environmental and community-based projects. For more information about our carbon offsetting, see 10 Reasons Why We’re Eco.

How your trip is safety-oriented

REFERENCES:  We have had hundreds of students travel with us, and our safety record is excellent.  Ask us for teacher references specifically regarding safety.

VEHICLES: All of our vehicles are equipped with seatbelts for every seat. While this is not a Queensland law, we feel your safety is a priority.  Our guides do safety checks at the start of each day of the trip. In addition, vehicles go through a Department of Transport safety inspection every six months.

RISK ASSESSMENT: We have a complete Crisis Management Plan, we assess risks of the tour and are happy to complete a risk assessment for you upon request. In addition, students are given a safety briefing during orientation, along with a card with emergency numbers, accommodation addresses and phone numbers.

GUIDES AND SAFETY: Small World Journeys’ guides hold current Senior First Aid and CPR certificates, along with government-issued Driver’s Authority and Working With Children cards (also known as a Blue Card). For more information on our guides, see The Small World Journeys Team.