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Day 1 - Arrival, Orientation and Swimming at the Esplanade

Day 1 - Arrival, Orientation and Swimming at the Esplanade

We Meet You at The Airport: Welcome to the tropics! You arrive in Cairns in the afternoon and are warmly greeted by your guide at the airport. (Please arrive between 1-4 pm) You are then transferred to your accommodation for introductions.

Your Hotel: Your accommodation is at a breezy hotel in Cairns’ restaurant and shopping district, and only a couple of blocks from the waterfront. All rooms have ensuites and air conditioning, flat screen TVs and tea & coffee making facilities while the hotel also offers WiFi access, a tropical pool and spa.

Swimming and Orientation: As a group you walk to the Esplanade where you have an orientation and time to swim in the giant lagoon. Afterwards you enjoy a delicious dinner in town and get-to-know-you games.

Evening Activity: Ten-Pin Bowling

Meals Included: Dinner

(PLEASE NOTE if we get many signups, the large group may be split into smaller groups and this itinerary may be run in reverse order)

Day 2 - Daintree Rainforest and Jungle Canopy Zip Line

Day 2 - Daintree Rainforest and Jungle Canopy Zip Line

Jungle Canopy Zip Line: At Cape Tribulation experience the art of “jungle surfing”: an exhilarating zip line ride among the tree tops. By clipping into a series of steel cables arranged in the trees, you can fly across the rainforest canopy and get a bird’s eye view of the world.   This is a great way for students to safely challenge themselves in the care of naturalist guides. At the highest point you fly over 22 metres above the valley, and the flight choice is yours – slow, fast, or even upside down. During this unique adventure, you learn more about the rainforest while keeping an eye out for Boyd’s Forest dragons and the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly.

Daintree Rainforest & Beach Eco-Lodge: Tonight you stay in the magical Daintree Rainforest –some of the oldest continuously growing rainforest on earth. Your Daintree lodge boasts an attractive swimming pool, guest laundry, BBQ area, and a superb location in the rainforest but directly on the beach.

Evening Activity: Sunset Volleyball and Beach Bonfire!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walk, Waterfall Swimming and Outback Cattle Station & Bonfire

Day 3 - Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walk, Waterfall Swimming and Outback Cattle Station & Bonfire

Aboriginal Guided Rainforest Walk:  Today you venture to a special swathe of rainforest in an area important to Aboriginal people. This highland rainforest boasts a rainbow of bird life and mammals, and is one of the best places in the world to spot the elusive tree kangaroo, or mupee.  Your local Aboriginal guide takes you into his country, and you listen to the lively stories of his ancestors, discover flora and fauna, and learn the regional “bush tucker” (food) that was yummy to eat.   By participating in this walk, you are helping the community by supporting indigenous employment and pride in culture. This in turn promotes cultural sustainability.

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, the perfect place for you to cool off.

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 for as a sanctuary for wildlife—and look for the kangaroos and crocodiles that roam the property.

Aussie BBQ and Stargazing: After a classic Aussie steak “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.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

(PLEASE NOTE if we get many signups, the large group may be split into smaller groups and this itinerary may be run in reverse order)

Day 4 - Outback Cattle Station, Farm Activities and National Park Swimming and Night Markets

Day 4 - Outback Cattle Station, Farm Activities and National Park Swimming and Night Markets

Cattle Station Life, Cow Milking, Animal Feeding and Whip Cracking: This morning you get a sample of true outback life on a cattle station. Breaking into small groups, you can visit the 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

National Park & 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.

Night Markets:  Tonight you have time for shopping at the Cairns Night Markets.  You can find opals, pearls, silver, clothing, massage oils, t-shirts, arts, crafts, Australian food products, toys, and plenty of souvenirs and gifts.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

(PLEASE NOTE if we get many signups, the large group may be split into smaller groups and this itinerary may be run in reverse order)

Day 5 - Snorkelling at The Great Barrier Reef

Day 5 - Snorkelling at The Great Barrier Reef

Boat Ride to The Great Barrier Reef: No trip to Cairns is complete without a visit to the outer Great Barrier Reef—the second UNESCO World Heritage Site on our journey and easily one of the world’s top natural wonders. Your day begins with an air-conditioned catamaran ride to the outer Great Barrier Reef, one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet. On the way, you enjoy a reef presentation by a marine naturalist to help you understand the marine species you will find at the reef.

Eco-Friendly Catamaran: Today you sail to the Reef aboard an eco-friendly catamaran, recipient of the Advanced Ecotourism Climate Action Innovator Award and the most eco-friendly reef boat in Cairns.  No worries if you are new to snorkeling – staff will ensure you are safe and relaxed, and you can join in a guided snorkel tour with one of them.

Snorkelling: Snorkelling can be done right off the back of the boat.  For snorkelers, giant clams, angel, butterfly and parrot fish, turtles, sea stars and corals of a thousand hues are all within reach.  Among the 1,800 species of fish and 450 species of coral, you can expect to see Wally the giant wrasse, fan corals, sea cucumbers and just about the entire cast of “Finding Nemo”.   You also may see beauties such as luminescent parrot fish, the chocolate-dipped damsel, the Picasso triggerfish and several species of turtles.

Buffet Lunch:  Lunch is a tropical buffet of delicious hot and cold items, including prawns, pasta salads and fresh fruit.

Fish and Coral Book:  A field guide for the creatures at The Great Barrier Reef is included in your trip so that you better understand the creatures you’re looking at (and the book makes a great souvenir!)

Sorry, SCUBA diving will not be permitted on the reef trip.

Evening Activity: The day finishes with a final celebration dinner and a special Closing Ceremony.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

(PLEASE NOTE if we get many signups, the large group may be split into smaller groups and this itinerary may be run in reverse order)

Day 6 - Departure

Day 6 - Departure

Eventually all good things must come to an end. After breakfast, you are transferred to the Cairns airport for your flight back to your host family. (All flights must depart before noon)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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

Answer: ALL visitors to Australia need to arrange a visa BEFORE arriving in the country (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. In New Zealand, people with passports from the European Union, Canada and the USA are automatically granted a tourist visa on arrival in New Zealand. 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 New Zealand and Australia?

Answer: On this trip, you will be visiting New Zealand's mild North Island, and tropical Cairns in Australia. New Zealand: Anytime of the year is a good time to visit: students enjoy the mild temperate climate year round. Summer is between December and March and is never too hot. Winters are mild with no snow except on the highest mountains. Australia's Cairns region is a tropical, and outdoor activities can also 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: Who is this trip for?

Answer: This holiday program is especially for foreign high school students who are studying in all states of Australia.

Question 4: What if I am coming alone?

Answer: Great! As most students come alone without knowing anyone on the tour, we make a special effort to introduce you to other students in the group and play get-to-know-you games.  Rooming lists are designed to mix different nationalities.  In the past, our trips have been a mix of any of the following nationalities:  American, Argentinian, Austrian, Brazilian, Belgian, Canadian, Chinese, Colombian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, and Swiss.

Question 5: Who is supervising this trip?

Answer: This trip is led by a Small World Journeys guide, and two guides if there are more than 12 students. Small World Journeys guides who have Australian government background checks and approval to work with children.  Leaders are selected for their local knowledge, safety awareness, ability to establish a good rapport with high school students and who have energy and enthusiasm. When driving is required, the leaders also have a government-issued Driver's Authority and a special LR or MR driver's license.  For more information, see The SWJ Team

Question 6: What do we need to pack?

Answer: A Suggested Packing List will be sent to you once you sign up so you will be able to adequately prepare for your trip.

Question 7: What is the weather like in Sydney and Melbourne?

Answer: Sydney has a temperate climate. Summer is warm temperatures at 18-25 degrees celsius/64- 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is spread throughout the year. Winters are mild, with average temperatures at 8-16 degrees Celsius/46-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Melbourne and The Great Ocean Road enjoy a temperate climate with warm-hot summers, spring and autumn are balmy and mild and the winters cool. The weather can be quite unpredictable and the city is often said to have “four seasons in a day”.  Prepare for hot and cold weather, rain and wind at any time.

Question 8: What is the weather like in Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef?

Answer: Cairns is a tropical place, and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. 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. 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 the autumn (March - May) the weather is more unpredictable: some days it can be warm and rainy, other days hot and humid. September - October tends to be the nicest time of the year - warm to hot days with little chance of rainfall.  

Question 9: What will we eat whilst on tour?

Answer: We understand how important food is to young people – and heaps of it! A typical breakfast will be a continental breakfast including juices, cereals, toast & jams (and optional vegemite!) and a typical packed lunch will be a meat and salad sandwich, drink, chips, biscuits and a piece of fresh fruit. Café lunches and restaurant dinners will vary, such as pastas, pizzas, steak and salad, but we place a big emphasis on variety and healthful options. One night we have a typical Aussie BBQ and other nights we eat in restaurants. Best of all, we carry our snack box when we travel to ensure that no one is ever hungry.

Question 10: When do I schedule my flights for the tour?

Answer: Please do not make flight arrangements until you have received an email from us confirming the tour.   Plan to arrive by 12 noon on Day 1 and plan to depart by 12 noon on Day 7.  If you need assistance booking your airfare, please contact Kim Salter at Travel Managers: kim@travelmanagers.com.au or phone her within Australia - 1 300 640 821

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