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 Highlights


  • Welcome to Country
  • Exclusive multi share accommodation
  • Abseiling, rock climbing, trekking in the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains Wilderness
  • Conservation program at Secret Creek native animal sanctuary
  • Night sky astronomy session
  • 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

On this short multi activity program students will undertake a series of adventurous challenges and activities designed to bring about personal growth and a new found respect for the environment and their peers through shared experience. With the stunning UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains as a backdrop, students will enjoy a Welcome to Country by a Traditional Elder and challenge themselves, and encourage their peers, with abseiling and rock climbing opportunities at the stunning location of Mount York. They will learn about the flora, fauna and geography of this unique landscape on an exceptional walk with views overlooking the valley and will learn about conservation management including animal rehabilitation at the Secret Creek Wildlife Sanctuary.

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You will be met by your experienced World Expeditions guide and head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Our first stop will be the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre where you join the immersive "Into the Blue" experience. This experience provides a wonderful background into the wonders of this World Heritage Area. We then travel to our exclusive accommodation set in a stunning location overlooking the valley. In the late afternoon you meet a local Dhurag elder for a Welcome to Country, an ancient ceremony to ensure safe passage for your group during your adventure. After dinner you have the opportunity to enjoy an astronomy session around the campfire. Overnight: Dormitary Accommodation

Meals:  L,D

Today you join our expert rope adventure guide for a beginners abseiling and rock climbing course at Mount York. Mount York is on the traditional lands of the Dharug people and a great place for our activities as it allows us the thrill of abseiling and rock climbing on introductory friendly cliffs up to 25m high. Abseiling, is commonly practised the world over as a method of descending a rope in a safe and controlled manner. No prior experience is necessary as our world class guides will be providing all the instruction necessary. You will start off on small cliffs moving on to more stunning larger descents as you progress through the day. Then after a delicious, well-earned lunch you try your hand at rock climbing. We provide expert tuition on climbing technique and make sure you get a taste for this exciting sport. Late this afternoon you return to your accommodation for dinner and debrief around the firepit. Overnight: Dormitary Accommodation

Meals:  B,L,D

Today you commence your exploration of the spectacular heights and depths of the Blue Mountains by joining the Centennial Glen Walking Trail. This spectacular walk includes stunning views overlooking the Kanimbla Valley. The area is frequented by rock climbers for reasons that will become apparent during our explorations. The walk combines many of the trails that weave amongst the escarpments and rainforest gullies, such as Porters Pass and Colliers Causeway to create a memorable walk. The area is easily accessible however not as busy as other nearby Blackheath walks. The highlights are varied, with a taste of a classic Blue Mountains canyon, open heathland with wildflowers and bird song, rainforest gullies and the towering sandstone escarpments. In the afternoon you travel to the Secret Sanctuary native wildlife sanctuary. Here you will join a behind the scenes program learning about conservation management including animal rehabilitation. The overall goal of Secret Creek Sanctuary is to save endangered native species. Many animals roam free in their natural environment within the sanctuary. We aim to see how the sanctuary helps animals like Brush-tailed Rock-wallabies, Long-nosed Potoroos, Rufous Bettongs, Parma wallabies, Red-necked Pademelons, Red-necked Wallabies, Swamp Wallabies and Emus. The animals roam safe and free in the sanctuary and we will have behind the scenes access. Some animals are held in purpose-built facilities including the predators: Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Quolls, Spotted-tailed Quolls, Alpine Dingoes and soon you will also see Koala and Mountain Pygmy Possums in their purpose-built enclosures. In the late afternoon you return to your accommodation for dinner and campfire stories about your day. Overnight: Dormitary Accommodation

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will complete your packdown before enjoying a stunning walk along the Prince Henry Cliff Top Walk to the Three Sisters. After a picnic lunch you depart Katoomba for transfer to Sydney/Sydney Airport.

Meals:  B,L


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

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

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 flights from your home state, and/or transfers from Sydney to Katoomba/return
  • Teachers accompanying the group
  • 3 nights school group accommodation
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned private modern coaches (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax)
  • Expert wilderness guides
  • 24 hour on call assistance
  • All activities and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • Costs associated with the conservation project.

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Sleeping bag

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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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Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.


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