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Overview

 Highlights


  • Sea kayak and cycle around stunning Rottnest Island
  • Visit the old whaling station at Albany
  • Trek through the ancient Karri and Tingle Forrest on the Bibbulmun Track
  • Scale the spectacular heights of the tingle forest canopy on the Valley of the Giants Tree Tops Walk
  • Explore Margaret River caves and abseiling at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs
  • Wildlife cruise on the beautiful and unique waterways of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park to the Nuyts Wilderness, WA's first Wilderness Zone.
  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Expeditions Schools absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel

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Start and Finishing Point:

Perth

Activities:

Grading:Introductory to Moderate   

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Proposed arrival flight on Malaysian Airlines MH127 at 01:25 On arrival you will take a shuttle to a nearby airport hotel to rest for the remainder of the evening. After some hours rest, you will rise for breakfast, meet your Guides, and depart for your morning transfer to Freemantle (approx 45 mins) and your ferry (approx 30 mins) to Rottnest Island. A special day is in store! On arrival, you head out to explore Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve and home to the furry Quokka, a small lovable marsupial. First up you will explore the crystal clear waters above and below from your glass bottom kayaks. The clear floored kayaks offer you a window into the world below. You can spot colourful marine life, coral and fascinating reef formations whilst staying (relatively) high and dry. Your guides will provide engaging commentary on the local marine environment as you paddle along, gazing at the world below. We then swap our kayaks for bikes as we cycle around this stunning island. We will have the opportunity to meet the lovable Quokka in their natural habitat. Late afternoon return to Freemantle and your accommodation. Accommodation: Point Peron Camp (Dormitary Accommodation)

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you drive South to the coastal town of Albany (approx 5 hour drive) at the Southern tip of Western Australia. Albany has one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world and a dramatic convict history. Your first stop is the award winning National Anzac Centre, one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and women departed Australia for the Great War. You then travel to see how Albany is using alternative energy at the Albany Wind Farm. The farm consists of 12 giant wind turbines, each at a height of 100 metres from the base to the tip of the blades. The turbines generate around 75 per cent of clean, green electricity for the region. Accommodation: Emu Beach Chalets (Shared Cabins)

Meals:  B,L,D

Your walk today leaves the coast and heads north into ancient Karri and Tingle forest. The trail will take you through stunning native wildflower country. Much of the plant life in this forest is unique to the south-west of Western Australia. The giant Tingle trees are the star of the show, the trees only occur in this small area of the world and provide a window to the past. The imposing trees stand up to 180 feet tall with a red brown bark. The Tingles are surrounded by Jarrah and Karri forrest. On completion of the last section of your walk you arrive at the Valley of the Giants Tree-Top Walk. The TTW is a suspended walkway high in the karri and red tingle tree forest between Denmark and Walpole. The walkway is positioned 40 metres above the ground in the spectacular heights of the tingle forest canopy. The surrounding Walpole Wilderness features a vast, natural and wild landscape encompassing tranquil forests, imposing granite peaks, peaceful rivers, wetlands and breathtaking beaches. You can study the forest and interpret the unique biodiversity and majesty of the Wilderness from your high vantage point. Accommodation: Camping at Coalmine Beach Holiday Park

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you join one of the WOW Wilderness eco-interpreters for an informative 2 1/2 hour cruise on the beautiful and unique waterways of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park to the Nuyts Wilderness, Western Australia's first Wilderness Zone. This is a wonderful way to see animals in their natural habitat and learn about the conservation efforts for this stunning area. The cruise is lead by local legend Gary Muir. After lunch you drive to the small town of Margaret River, known the world over for its viticulture and fresh produce. Accommodation - Camping at Fairharvest Permaculture Campground, Margaret River

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you travel through farmland into Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, arriving at the top of the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. These 30m high cliffs extend along the coast for about 500m and are popular with rock climbers and abseilers and offer great elevated views along the coast. With this spectacular setting as a backdrop, you will have a full safety and instruction briefing, and enjoy a morning of abseiling in this remarkable setting. The region from Busselton to Augusta is one of Australia's most cave-rich areas with unique formations giving you a glimpse into prehistoric times. This afternoon you will join a professional caves guide and explore a number of the caves learning about Megafauna fossils – giant creatures that roamed the forest 50 000 years ago, geological formations and local indigenous legends and folklore. In the late afternoon return to your campsite for dinner and overnight. Accommodation - Camping at Fairharvest Permaculture Campground, Margaret River

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we pack up camp and head to Dryandra Woodland, one of the worlds acknowledged biodiversity hot spots and one of the prime places in the South-West for viewing native wildlife. This protected area is a valuable nature conservation area featuring the largest remnant of original vegetation in the western Wheat belt. 24 mammal, 100 bird and 41 reptile species are all known to call Dryandra home, including Western Australia’s state mammal emblem, the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). Today we will immerse our self in an interactive conservation program trapping and monitoring marsupials for scientific investigation. The group will be responsible for food prep and clean up. Tonight we have the opportunity to see a number of rare native mammals in their natural setting on a nocturnal wildlife walk in the Barna Mia Sanctuary. Overnight Dryandra Village Dorms

Meals:  B,L,D

We return to Perth this morning (approx 2.5 hour drive). On arrival in Perth you will travel to beautiful Kings Park overlooking the city where we will meet a traditional Noongar land owner and insight into the Noongar history and culture. You will leave Perth with a new appreciation for it's indigenous and European history, along with a host of incredible stories and adventures to share with family and friends when you return home. Early afternoon transfer to the airport for onward flights

Meals:  B,L


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Hunger:  The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

Good Health And Well-being:  Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Affordable And Clean Energy:  Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity.

Industry Innovation And Infrastructure:  Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Sustainable Cities And Communities:  There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Climate Action:  Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

Life Below Water:  Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future.

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


Inclusions

  • 8 nights school group accommodation in dormitary (2 nights), Cabins (1 night), Camping (3 nights), hotel (1 night, early morning arrival after flight)
  • All group camping equipment including tents and sleeping mats
  • All meals
  • All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned private modern coaches (types of vehicles depending on the number of passengers)
  • Parks and Wildlife fees and Tree-Top walk admission
  • Professional and knowledgeable guides
  • All activities as per the itinerary including relevant safety equipment (eg lifejackets for kayaking on Rottnest Island)
  • 24 hour assistance

  • Bottled water or aerated drinks outside of meal time
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Flights to/from Perth
  • Sleeping bags and inner sheets (can be hired, $40AUD - must be booked prior to arrival)

Grading

Introductory to Moderate


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning
Programs

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.

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