Australia Language & Culture

Australia’s Best Study Tour for Student Groups

Improve your English AND experience the best of Australian culture! Bring your classmates and teacher for a study tour that combines mornings of English language instruction with afternoons and weekends of adventure. A homestay with an Aussie family means your language skills are reinforced and you get a taste of what daily life in Australia is like. Best of all, you get to experience a huge variety of environments: tropical rainforest, an outback farm, national parks and of course The Great Barrier Reef.  Unique activities to this study tour include a visit to James Cook University, a sustainability/aquaponics workshop, an Aboriginal culture park, team building games and activities, and a community service project of your choice.  Join us on an unforgettable study tour that will enhance your English, teach you about Australian culture, and introduce you to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.  Open to class groups of 20 or more students.

Areas of Learning:

  • English Language
  • Aboriginal Culture
  • Community Service
  • Rainforest and Reef Ecosystems
  • Aussie Wildlife
  • Australian Family Culture

Highlights:

  • Find Nemo at The Great Barrier Reef
  • Crack a Whip and Milk the Cows on an Outback Cattle Station
  • Visit James Cook University Marine Labs and a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Plunge Down a Natural Rainforest Waterslide and Swim Under Waterfalls
  • Learn About Art, Dance and Traditions at a Aboriginal Culture Park
  • Enjoy a Classic Aussie BBQ, Bonfire and Stargazing Under Outback Skies
  • Meet Massive Crocodiles, Feed Kangaroos and Cuddle a Koala
  • Learn How to Make Damper – Aussie “Bush Bread”
  • Visit and stay in the world’s oldest rainforest
  • Improve Your English Skills

Benefits & Bonuses:

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation and Meet Homestay Family

Day 1: Arrival, Orientation and Meet Homestay Family

Fly to Cairns: Welcome to Australia!  You arrive in Cairns for your study tour and are warmly greeted by one of our staff members at the airport.

Arrival in Cairns:  Here you have a safety talk and an orientation on what to expect in Cairns and on your Australian tour.

Homestay:  Next you are introduced to your Australian homestay family.  You live in their home for the next two weeks, and you get to experience the typical life of Australians, including BBQs and evening activities.


Accommodation:
Homestay
Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

Day 2: First Day of English Classes, Rainforest Waterfalls and Aussie Damper Making

Day 2: First Day of English Classes, Rainforest Waterfalls and Aussie Damper Making

School Orientation: Today you are transferred from your accommodation to the private English college for the first day of your classes.  Your language school is accredited with The National ELT Accreditation Scheme (NEAS), which means it is a guarantee that the school has been accredited in all areas of education, including high-level teacher qualifications, and the use of the latest, best-practice teaching methods.

On arrival you are given a brief orientation before continuing on to your English classes.

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you commence your English language practice. During the day you participate in three hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Rainforest Waterfalls and Swimming Hole: After class and an introduction to the region, your guide takes you to a secluded freshwater swimming hole hidden in the tropical rainforest.  A series of small waterfalls flow into large pools surrounded by boulders, and rainforest trees hang over the water, keeping it cool and refreshing.

Damper Making Lesson: For those who are keen, your guide teaches you how to make damper, also known as “Aussie bush bread”.  You learn how to create savoury bread the way the Aussies have been doing it for years.  A yummy treat!  

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: English Classes and Teambuilding Activities/Games

Day 3: English Classes and Teambuilding Activities/Games

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three-hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Team-Building Activities: After lunch you have a fun-filled afternoon of activities designed to strengthen your sense of teamwork. Activities can include a “Lost at Sea” challenge, relay races, Beach Olympics, a raft-building exercise, a “magic carpet” initiative, and other games involving creativity, intellect, communication and working together.

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: English Classes and James Cook University

Day 4: English Classes and James Cook University

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three hour long lessons with breaks in between.

James Cook University Visit:  James Cook University is Australia’s highest-ranked university in environmental science and offers marine biology studies not found anywhere else.

Marine Labs & Aquarium:  Popular with film crews, the marine labs at JCU boast one of the world’s best sites for capturing marine creatures on camera.  Sophisticated equipment placed in the tanks allows for observing and filming animal behaviour up close. Additionally, JCU’s unique circular tank allows for a simulated current and the careful study of jellyfish. You meet staff who are on the cutting edge of marine science research, learn how they “milk” fish for venom, and about the latest findings in the development of anti-venoms.

Venomous Creatures & Mangrove Biome: Here you meet unusual and deadly creatures such as sea horses, baby crocodiles, cone shells, the lethal chironex jellyfish, and the extremely rare lung fish, found in captivity only at JCU. The cast members of Finding Nemo live here too.  You also investigate a working model of a mangrove biome, an important tool for studying effects on water quality and salinity as well as climate change mitigation.

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: English Classes and Aboriginal Culture Park

Day 5: English Classes and Aboriginal Culture Park

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Aboriginal Culture Park: Later you visit a unique aboriginal culture park, that showcases aboriginal rituals, dance and traditional arts.  You witness the telling of creation stories and Dreamtime legends, learn about medicinal properties of “bush tucker” (food), watch a dance performance, and learn to throw spears and boomerangs and how to play the didgeridoo.  For study tour groups wanting to personally interact with the aboriginal people, this is an ideal cross-cultural experience for international students.

Accommodation:  Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: English Classes and Australian Wildlife Park

Day 6: English Classes and Australian Wildlife Park

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three-hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Crocodile Farm: This afternoon you meet crocodiles in their natural habitat as well as a crocodile farm at Hartley’s.  This multi-award winning eco adventure attraction is the best place to see crocodiles in Australia.  You learn why saltwater crocodiles were almost hunted to extinction, and their importance in ecosystems today.  Lagoon boat rides enable safe, guaranteed viewing of giant saltwater crocodiles in a natural setting.  Hartley’s is famous for its crocodile feeding, snake and wildlife presentations and is perfect for students on a study tour. In the Gondwana Gateway you also meet animals of far north Queensland, like monitors, snakes and the giant endangered cassowary.

Optional Photo – You and a Koala! If you have always wanted to get a quintessential photo with a koala- here’s your chance (extra cost).

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Full Day Fitzroy Island/Great Barrier Reef and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Day 7: Full Day Fitzroy Island/Great Barrier Reef and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre

Ferry Ride: This afternoon you are ferried to the pristine Fitzroy Island. A fringing coral reef surrounds the island, part of the inner Great Barrier Reef, providing a sheltered home for a variety of fish and coral species.

Field Guide: 101 Animals of The Great Barrier Reef, written by Dr. Martin Cohen, helps you to better understand the underwater world and is yours to keep.

Glass Bottom Boat: For those who prefer not to swim, you can still view sea life on a glass-bottom boat ride instead.  Your captain provides commentary, and you get a fantastic look at all of the reef creatures without having to even get wet.

Turtle Rehabilitation Centre: During your visit you also visit the island’s Turtle Rehabilitation Centre where a collection of volunteers help save sick and injured sea turtles by looking after them until they are ready to be released back into the ocean.

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Full Day Excursion to Cairns Highlands: National Park, Giant Trees and Waterfalls

Day 8: Full Day Excursion to Cairns Highlands: National Park, Giant Trees and Waterfalls

Curtain Fig Tree: This morning you head up the mountain range into the Cairns Highlands for your first full day excursion on this study tour. Here the rich volcanic soils of the Cairns Highlands created a suitable environment for lush tropical rainforests, which in turn have attracted a host of mammal, reptile and bird life.  In the Highlands you visit a national park and pay tribute to a local high-profile resident – the massive curtain fig tree, and learn how these giants straight out of Lord of the Rings eerily “strangle” their hosts.

Millaa Millaa Falls: Millaa Millaa (meaning “plenty of water” in the local Aboriginal language) is the icon of tropical north Queensland and one of the most photographed natural sites in the region.  The waterfall flows over pure basalt rock thousands of years old in a dramatic burst.  There is a fantastic swimming hole at the base of the falls, and you can climb on the peculiar columnar basalt for a unique perspective of the falls from behind.

Babinda Boulders:  The clear waters that pour from Mt Bartle Frere spill over massive granite bounders in this luxuriant section of jungle. Here you can learn about the significance of this special place to the local Aboriginal people, and swim in cool calm waters with the rainforest as your backdrop.

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 - English Classes and Community Service Project

Day 9 - English Classes and Community Service Project

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three-hour long lessons with breaks in between.

In the afternoon, your group can choose from one of the following community service projects:

  1. Service Project for the Homeless–Preparing a Meal and Food Packs: Today a commercial kitchen opens its doors to you to give you space to prepare a meal for the homeless. With Small World Journeys staff guidance, you use donated food to prepare a meal that will be served to needy people tonight. Staff also teach you how to make special bags using upcycled materials.You then put food into the bags you’ve made—food items most appreciated by those living on the street.
  1. Project for the Reef: The second project involves working together to protect waterways, ocean and reef. By stencilling messages on drains, you contribute to raising awareness of urban stormwater pollution and its impact on the local marine environment.   The colourful and creative designs are a pleasant way to remind the community that all rubbish drains to the ocean.
  1. Project for Aboriginal Women in Remote Communities: You can also learn to make “Moon Pads” to distribute to Aboriginal women in need. During this activity you master some basic sewing skills, gain an understanding of the complex cultural barriers that affect women in remote and poor areas, and learn about the environmental/social benefits of making these reusable sanitary products. The pads you make are then taken to the Aboriginal community of Ampilatwatja.

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: English Classes and Aquaponics/Sustainability Project

Day 10: English Classes and Aquaponics/Sustainability Project

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three-hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Aquaponics Activities: You gather at the property of an “aquaponics gardener” for a fun and intensive look at how to produce organic fruits, herbs, veggies AND fish in a sustainable way in your school or back yard.  Through hands-on activities, you learn how fish poop makes veggies develop, how things like sweet tomatoes, crunchy lettuce and fragrant mint grow without soil and how the icky-sounding but effective “worm tea” keeps insects away. Native bees on the property produce honey for collection, a breeding box makes fish food, and solar power keeps all systems running.

Make Your Own Sustainable System: The best part of the day is learning how you can make your own mini-aquaponics system that you can easily and cheaply re-create at your home or school to produce your own food.  This is a creative exercise to spark discussion about the global themes of agriculture, hunger issues and sustainability and to show students how, through principles of permaculture, anyone can be self-sufficient.

Accommodation: Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11 - English Classes and Cairns Aquarium

Day 11 - English Classes and Cairns Aquarium

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three-hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Cairns Aquarium: The new Cairns Aquarium has more than 3 million litres of salt, fresh and brackish water displays. It showcases the incredible species and habitats found exclusively in Queensland’s Far North. The acrylic panel for the aquarium’s Deep Reef habitat mimics the “ribbon reefs” at the edge of the continental shelf – this is the only of its kind in Australia, and one of only three in the world. The design of the habitat allows aquarium visitors to see many of the creatures that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, or are rarely seen due to their nocturnal habits. Several rare, endangered, unusual, and even deadly specimens are on display.

Accommodation:  Homestay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12:  English Classes and Outback Farm Stay

Day 12: English Classes and Outback Farm Stay

English Classes: In closed classes for your group only of no more than 19 students you continue your English language practice. During the day you participate in three-hour long lessons with breaks in between.

Certificate and Farewell:  During a closing ceremony, the academic staff at the English College presents you with your Certificate of Studies.

Outback Cattle Station and Wildlife: As you cross the Great Dividing Range, you enter outback country, where the dirt turns red and gum trees prevail. Here you are welcome guests at a traditional working cattle station and homestead, opened to your group.  On arrival, you hop in the hay truck to trace a route through the station–much of which has been set aside as a sanctuary for wildlife—and look for the kangaroos and crocodiles that roam the property.

Aussie BBQ and Stargazing: After a classic Aussie “barbie”, you have a fire under starry outback skies. From this remote outback station, views of the southern hemisphere stars are phenomenal. You’ll learn how to find southern constellations—including the Southern Cross—most of which cannot be seen at all from the northern hemisphere. Students sleep in single-gender dorm-style bunk houses, while teachers sleep in single cabins tonight.

Accommodation: Outback Farm
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 13: Outback Cattle Farm Activities and Daintree Rainforest

Day 13: Outback Cattle Farm Activities and Daintree Rainforest

Cattle Station Life: This morning you get a sample of true outback life on a cattle station. You visit the cattle yards to learn about the cattle musters and branding, and efforts made for humane animal treatment.

Cow Milking, Animal Feeding and Whip Cracking: You can meet goats and chickens, learn how to milk the cows and crack a whip properly in true cowboy style. You also take a walk back through time on the homestead to the age of the early Australian pioneers, and you can touch the old furniture, trinkets and memorabilia all well-preserved by the family.

Boomerang Throwing: Yes, they actually come back to you! Your guide teaches you the significance of the boomerang and how they were cleverly used for hunting. You learn proper throwing technique and what makes them return.

Daintree Rainforest & Beach Eco-Lodge: Later you enter the magical Daintree Rainforest – the oldest continuously growing rainforest on earth.  Your lodge boasts an attractive swimming pool, guest laundry, and a superb location in the rainforest but directly on the beach.  As a recipient of a 2016 QLD Excellence in Tourism Award, and Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence 2015, the lodge also uses grey water for irrigation, locally-sourced food for its restaurant, and recycles 80% of its waste.  Students sleep in dorm-style cabins and the sounds of the jungle surround you.

Accommodation: Daintree Rainforest Beach Accommodation
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 14: Daintree Rainforest and Beach Party

Day 14: Daintree Rainforest and Beach Party

Cape Tribulation and Rainforest: After a night of immersion in the rainforest, you wake to birdcalls and the chatter of the jungle.  You can enjoy a sleep in this morning and enjoy this lush green paradise, with an optional swim in a nearby crystal-clear swimming hole.

Beach BBQ Party: In the afternoon, you head to the beach for a classic Aussie BBQ. You can stroll the beach, play games, and watch the sunset after which is a BBQ, music, dancing and a beach bonfire. This is a perfect tropical setting for a closing ceremony to end your time in Australia.

Accommodation: Cairns YHA
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 15: Shopping Time, Transfer and Departure

Day 15: Shopping Time, Transfer and Departure

This morning after breakfast you have some time to do some last-minute shopping.  Then eventually your study tour must come to an end and you are transferred back to the Cairns International Airport for your flight home.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Study Tour Fees Include:

  • 9 days of tuition for closed English classes (just for your group)
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • Cairns airport transfers
  • Transportation to activities
  • Small World Journeys guide every day except Days 11 and 5
  • Additional specialty guides and educators
  • 11 nights at Australian family homestay (double placement)*
  • 1 night outback cattle station (basic single gender dorm-style rooms with shared bathrooms)*
  • 1 night Daintree Rainforest cabins (4-share dorm-style rooms with shared/private bathrooms)*
  • 1 night Cairns hostel (4-6 share dorm-style rooms with shared/private bathrooms)*
  • All breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners
  • 101 Animals of the Great Barrier Reef field guide for each student
  • 101 Animals of the Wet Tropics field guide for each student
  • National Park and Marine Park taxes and levies
  • 5 metres square Daintree rainforest plot adopted in your group’s name through Rainforest Rescue
  • A reusable BPA free water bottle and cloth shopping bag for each participant
  • Coral adoption through Reef Restoration Foundation and updates on coral

*Two teacher rooms (private twin or triple share rooms with ensuite) are included in the trip price for the night at the outback farm, in the Daintree Rainforest, and at Cairns hostel.  Homestay provided for teachers (double placement).

Trip Fees Exclude:

  • International & domestic airfare
  • Lunches on arrival and departure day
  • Personal expenses (phone, laundry, internet, etc.)

Pricing to 31 March 2020:

  • Land Cost, 20 + participants: $2998 AUD (add $50 pp for 15 June – 15 July)
    (includes GST)

Options:

  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Professional photo with a koala, snake or crocodile ($24 AUD)

Ask us about a Sydney or New Zealand Add-On!

 

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

TERMS & CONDITIONS

HOW TO BOOK A TRIP WITH US (It’s easy!):

  1. Read our Terms & Conditions and tell us you want to come.
  2. Pay a $200 AUD deposit for the group (not per person – just a flat $200 to secure your booking) plus a non-refundable $125 AUD per person for language school deposit via our payment page or by direct deposit/cheque.
  3. Receive a link from us to your special web page that has an electronic booking forms, waivers to e-sign, and more information about the trip.
  4. Have each student sign up via this link and pay you (the teacher) less the $125 paid for deposit no later than 60 days prior to the trip. You then submit whole payment to us at 60 days, less the $200 deposit
  5. Enjoy your trip!

Question 1: Do I need a visa to visit Australia?

Answer: All visitors to Australia need a visa, with the exception of visitors from New Zealand. In some countries a visa is easily obtained by the travel agent who issues your ticket, and should be free of charge. For more information on getting a visa, please see: Australian Visas. All visitors will also need a passport, valid for at least six months after the planned return date.  

Question 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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 Ways We're ''Sustainable''.

Question 6: What kind of insurance do you have in place?

Answer: Small World Journeys has public liability insurance up to $20,000,000 and is required for us to maintain our commercial permits for the national parks.

Question 7: What qualifications do your guides have?

Answer: Our guides have a government-issued approval that is only given after an extensive background check, and allows them the ability to work with children. Guides also have a Senior First Aid and CPR certification and government-issued Driver's Authority if they are driving a vehicle. Many of our educational adventures guides have higher degrees in environmental science, marine biology or experiential education, and there is one thing which unites them: a love for teaching young people about the outdoors.

How your trip supports the community

SUPPORTING  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. Your Australian study tour includes activities and interaction with local Aboriginal people, the traditional owners of the land on which you are traveling. By taking this study tour, you are supporting grassroots indigenous tourism ventures and encouraging Aboriginal pride in culture. It is our policy to include a talk or an activity with an Aboriginal person on every student trip we offer. We are proud to say that in the financial year of 2017-18, we gave over $34,000 in business to Aboriginal-owned ventures. Additionally, our new student community service project involves students in making “Moon Sick Care Bags” which supply re-usable sanitary products to Aboriginal women in remote communities — this helps both Indigenous women AND the environment! (Ask us how your group can do this on their tour)

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES: On this study tour, 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.  In 2017-18, three quarters of our expenses were paid back into the local economy.

SUPPORTING LOCAL HOMELESS & NEEDY PEOPLE: We make both financial and in-kind donations to Rosie’s Friends on The Street, a Cairns-based charity. Rosie’s seeks to provide homeless people and people living rough a hot meal, conversation and a non-judgemental human connection.  Small World Journeys’ staff also volunteer on Rosie’s outreach nights, and many of our students have made comfort packs for Rosie’s patrons! For more information on Rosie’s and other organisations to which we donate, see Philanthropy and Partnerships or ask us how you can incorporate community service with Rosie’s into your educational excursion

How your trip is “Eco-friendly”

HELPING THE REEF: In addition to the coral tree we sponsor, we pay to “adopt” coral at Fitzroy Island through our partner Reef Restoration Foundation.  The coral propagation happening there is unprecedented and is being celebrated as a significant project to help save the reef. Each of our groups that visit the reef receives a certificate on the tour and later receive updates on the coral.

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 study tour, 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. We also recycle BOTH our hard plastics and soft plastics, and our trip snack wrappers get broken down and made into other things! For more information on how we donate to The Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and other environmental groups, see Philanthropy and Partnership.

OUR OFFICE IS RUN ON SOLAR POWER: Our future is so bright, we gotta wear shades.

CARBON OFFSETTING: We calculate our company’s carbon emissions. Then we pay Carbon Neutral to offset your emissions by investing in environmental and community-based projects. In 2018 we offset 76.72 mega tonnes of carbon dioxide! For more information about our carbon offsetting, see 10 Ways We’re ”Sustainable”.

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 do a risk assessment for every student tour we run. That risk assessment then gets sent to the organising teacher. We have safety protocols for our activities and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) Manual that documents these protocols. We also have a complete Crisis Management Plan. In addition, students are given a safety briefing during orientation that addresses hazards and risks for this region.

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.