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Overview

 Highlights


  • Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge cultural exploration
  • Mandingalbay Yidinji indigenous experience
  • Trek Dinden National Park to Lambs Head
  • Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Coral Watch Program and Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Fitzroy Island
  • Outer Reef and participation in the Eye on the Reef program
  • Remote indigenous women service project
  • Walk with the Kuku Yalanji custodians on their traditional homelands
  • Migrant guest speaker and Cuisine and Culture night
  • 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
  • Daintree Rainforest and Daintree Discovery Centre

No other region of the world is like far North Queensland - an area that straddles the UNESCO World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. This program for Year 8 and 9 students of Brigidine College is a stunning and engaging learning experience encompassing marine biology, biodiversity, indigenous learnings, geology and sustainability along with service and physical challenges

While on the program students will learn about Far North Queensland's unique cultural and natural heritage through hands on engagement with conservation programs, indigenous cultural programs, service and physical challenges, all the while spending time and having fun with their peers. Through engagement with the program students have the unique opportunity to travel, give, grow.

Countries:

Start and Finishing Point:

Sydney

Activities:

Grading:Introductory to Moderate   

Addressing:


After all the planning and preparation the wait is finally over. Our group will head to the airport for our morning flight on Qantas direct to Cairns. On arrival in Cairns you will be met by our experienced guide and driver for a full trip and safety briefing. We travel to our retreat to check in before we meet a migrant now living in Queensland as she shares her story as well as her love of cooking with you. You will learn how to prepare a delicious meal from her home country, as she discusses the circumstances that caused her people to flee their country of origin. You will also learn of the hardships she has faced since arriving in Australia that will humanize this struggle. You gain some culinary skills, feast on a fantastic meal, and gain an insight into an important topic. Overnight Seville Mercy Conference Centre

Meals:  D

Today you join the Mandingalbay Yidinji people to learn about their cultural heritage and explore their Country straddling the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage. You travel by boat across the inlet, past mangroves, and are welcomed on to Country with a traditional smoke ceremony. Over the course of the day you listen to stories about spiritual and cultural connection to Country before joining a range of immersion programs and activities including bush tucker, maintaining land with local aboriginal rangers and how flora and fauna is used in every day life. You will have opportunities to learn about totems, biodiversity and the protection of animals. This afternoon you bid our hosts farewell and drive to Dinden National Park. On arrival the group will partcipate in setting up your own tents and helping your Guides with dinner prep before your briefing about your trek the following day. Overnight wilderness camping Dinden

Meals:  B,L,D

The Lamb mountain range overlooks Cairns and provides some of the best hikes in the tropics. Dinden National Park supports a number of endemic flora and fauna species including the rare tapping green eyed frog, the Queensland Maple and the Northern Bettong. This morning you head out on a challenging yet rewarding hike to Lambs Head summit. The trail leads us through a Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas featuring stunning rainforest, open Eucalypt forest, wetlands and mangrove forest. Our trail passes exotic ferns, giant Oriana palms and Orchids as we reach one of Queensland's highest peaks at 1300m. A combined effort is required today as our group work together to reach the summit as a team! We are rewarded by incredible views over the range into the Coral Sea. At the conclusion of your trek you break camp and return to Cairns and join an indigenous service program, learning to make “Moon Sick Pads” to distribute to Indigenous women who live remotely. These pads provide women with a healthier, more sustainable and cost-effective alternative to disposable sanitary products. During this activity you master some basic sewing skills, gain an understanding of the complex cultural barriers that affect women in remote communities in the world, and learn about the environmental and social benefits of reusable sanitary products. Overnight Seville Mercy Conference Centre.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is a special day! This morning you pack our bags and after breakfast you transfer 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 wide range of marine life. You join a marine naturalist for a safety briefing and background on the island and its inhabitants before you walk straight into the water to explore the reef system. After some exploration you will join a Coral Watch and data collection program and learn about what is happening on the island with the reef restoration program, addressing climate change and coral bleaching. The data collected goes to the University of Queensland's Coral Watch scientists who analyse the results. This afternoon you visit the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre. The CTRC is a volunteer operated, non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick and injured turtles. The Great Barrier Reef is home to six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles. A number of these are seriously threatened by a diverse range of natural and, more significantly, human induced factors. You will meet some of the volunteers and see the great work being done here. Overnight camping on Fitzroy Island

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you wake on the island and prepare for the day ahead. Today you will join a marine biologist aboard a catamaran on the Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site and one of the most bio diverse places on the planet! The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. Your boat will dock at a floating pontoon as you embark on a snorkeling tour with our specialist guides. Our marine biologist will explain about the importance of the reef and its hidden creatures in marine ecosystems. We hope to see a rainbow of hard and soft corals, turtles, butterfly fish, clown fish (think Nemo!), parrot fish and giant Maori Wrasse. You will receive training and join the Eye of the Reef data collection program with your marine biologist Guide. The program helps the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority maintain and manage the long term sustainability of this special place. Today you can also participate in a semi submarine and glass bottom boat ride, underwater observatory and marine life touch tank. This afternoon you return to your campsite on Fitzroy Island.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you wake on the island and continue your exploration before you board your boat and head back to the mainland. On arrival you meet back up with your vehicle and driver for what must be one of the most stunning drives in Australia, to Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park, and area sacred to the Kuku Yalanji people. Here you will join an exclusive afternoon with the peoples in this area exploring their terrain and joining them on a traditional hunting and gathering afternoon. The group will travel with traditional custodian members of the Kuku Yalanji to their homeland on Cooya Beach (Kuyu Kuyu), an area where the community continue to practice their cultural activities and maintain their cultural heritage. The group will explore and discuss matters of cultural importance of this Country and the group will lend their hand to traditional activities including the fishing activity of spear throwing and handling as it is still practiced here today. The traditional custodians will take you along Cooya beach as they continue to hunt and gather, observing cultural medicine and food plants as you go and collecting materials for the community families, venturing into the mangroves and onto the mudflats. The group then return to the community to see Kuku Yalanji artefacts and share stories from their traditional land while they prepare their daily food for their families. After your immersion walk and exploration you continue to the Daintree Rainforest for overnight. Overnight Daintree Rainforest Eco-Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

After a night of immersion in the rainforest, you wake to birdcalls and the chatter of the jungle. If it is hot you can walk to the nearby crystal-clear rainforest swimming hole used by locals. It's a perfect place to cool off. You then head to the award winning Daintree Discovery Centre. This world class interpretive facility allows you easy access to this unique rainforest wilderness via a boardwalk tour, a 23 metre high Canopy Tower, Aerial Walkway and comprehensive Display Centre. In the company of your guide, you discover what’s tasty on the Bush Tucker Trail, follow the flight of the brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly, look for the endangered giant cassowary in the underbrush, and learn about why the Idiot Fruit is so important. With a large indoor display area, the latest touch screen technology, audio visual theatre and sweeping, all-weather verandas, the Centre provides easy-to-understand information about one of the most biologically complex spots on the planet and you’ll leave with a greater appreciation of this special environment. You continue south towards Cairns and visit an indigenous art gallery. Artist-in-residence Binna teaches you how to re-create paintings that are a typical Aboriginal style and symbolic of Australian art. He explains the meaning behind his paintings and what this art means to his people. You will be able to take your small canvas painting home with you. You return to Cairns for your final night and dinner celebration. Overnight Seville Mercy Conference Centre

Meals:  B,L,D

Morning to pack and prepare for flight home. Fly to Sydney.

Meals:  B


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

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

  • Return economy group flights, Sydney to Cairns
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • 3 nights at Cairns retreat centre (twin/triple share rooms)
  • 1 night Daintree Rainforest cabins (3-4 students share cabins)
  • 1 night bush camping
  • 2 nights island camping
  • Experienced guides, educators and specialist instructors
  • All transfers and transportation in private vehicles
  • 24 hour on call assistance
  • All activities and permits as listed in the itinerary
  • Supplies for all community service programs
  • Mask, fins and snorkel hire for inner and outer Great Barrier Reef trips
  • National Park and Marine Park taxes and levies
  • Travel Insurance (based on current costs, subject to change)
  • Teachers from Brigidine College accompanying each group

  • Bottled water or aerated drinks outside of meal time
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping bag (can be hired, $15 per person, or bring your own)

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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