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Overview

 Highlights


  • Indigenous cultural awareness learnings
  • Exclusive multi share accommodation
  • Abseiling, rock climbing, canyoning, cycling and trekking in the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains Wilderness
  • Conservation program at Secret Creek native animal sanctuary
  • Night sky astronomy session
  • Engage in humanitarian and conservation service programs
  • 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 well rounded multi activity program students will undertake a series of adventurous challenges and activities where they will need to work together as a team in the stunning setting of World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. We are welcomed to country by a traditional elder who we will join for an Indigenous Immersion program to gain a better understanding of this ancient culture and connection to country. We then team up with local charity organisations for a humanitarian service program and go behind the scenes at the Secret Creek native animal rehabilitation centre. Students will embark on self discovery with activities designed to bring about personal growth and a new found respect for the environment and their peers through shared experience.

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On arrival in Sydney we will be met by our experienced World Expeditions guide and head straight to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Blue Mountains. Our first stop will be our BMAC centre in Katoomba for a trip briefing and to be measured up for wetsuits. We then visit the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and join the immersive "Into the Blue" experience. This experience provides a wonderful background into the wonders of this World Heritage Area. This afternoon we travel to our exclusive accommodation set in a stunning location overlooking the valley. Tonight we will have the opportunity to enjoy an astronomy session with our large telescope around the campfire. Overnight - simple dorm rooms

Meals:  D

This morning we rise to the sound of the surrounding forest as we prep for breakfast. After breakfast we meet a local Dhurag elder and join an Indigenous Cultural session that will start with Welcome to Country, an ancient ceremony to ensure safe passage for our group during our adventure. The program will give students a deeper understanding of indigenous culture including focusing on environmental education, bush tucker, indigenous art, hunting and gathering and land management. After lunch we head to Katoomba and hike to the Prince Henry Clifftop Walk where there are several wonderful viewpoints to enjoy the spectacular views across the Jamison Valley. We will walk to Echo Point to view the famous Three Sisters rock formation before descending the Giant Staircase. We’ll visit Scenic World, showcasing the beautiful ecosystem and geological formations in the area. The centre features the steepest passenger railway in the world that descends into the Jamison Valley; and a cable car high above Katoomba Falls and various walk ways that we can explore to gain a better understanding of this unique environment. We return to our accommodation to enjoy some free time before dinner and a debriefing around the firepit.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we’ll commence our exploration of the spectacular heights and depths of the Blue Mountains by joining the Centennial Glen Walking Trail. Our 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. We return to our accommodation in the afternoon and prepare for dinner.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we join our expert rope access 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. No prior experience is necessary as our qualified guides will be providing all the instruction necessary. We will start off on small cliffs moving on to more stunning larger descents as we progress through the day. Then after a delicious, well-earned lunch we try our 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 we return to our accommodation for dinner and games around the firepit.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake to the sound of birds and stunning views over the valley. after breakfast we head to nearby Lithgow and will partner up with a local charity to help locals in need on a humanitarian service program. This afternoon we travel to the Secret Sanctuary native wildlife sanctuary. Here we 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. Late this evening we will return to our accommodation for dinner and campfire stories about our day.

Meals:  B,L,D

Canyons are deep ravines between pairs of escarpments or cliffs and are most often carved from the landscape by the erosive activity of a river or creek over millions of years. The Blue Mountains has the world’s greatest concentration of vegetated slot canyons. Canyoning, is the adventurous activity of travelling through canyons and often involves a variety of activities including swimming, wading, jumping into pools (‘water-jumps’), abseiling through waterfalls, bushwalking and scrambling over rocks and boulders. The grandeur and pristine beauty of the canyons almost defies description and are unique to the Blue Mountains of NSW. We visit Juggler Canyon. A fantastic canyon for visiting all year round, the adventure through Juggler Canyon is the perfect introduction to the beauty and excitement of canyoning.

Meals:  B,L,D

Cycling is a perfect way to explore the Blue Mountains. With hundreds of trails to choose, today’s cycling adventure will allow us to explore the Burramoko Fire Trail to the spectacular Hanging Rock. With scenic valley views across the Grose Valley and crisp mountain air, this ride follows a rough fire trail along the ridgeline to the spectacular Baltzers Lookout at Hanging Rock. This is an ideal ride for less experienced cyclists looking to clock up some time on the dirt and get closer to nature. That’s not to say more experienced cyclists won’t enjoy it… the flowing trails will bring a smile to any rider’s face. After our ride we will enjoy lunch at Govett's Leap Lookout before engaging in a service program in the afternoon. Tonight we will all participate in a trip debriefing around the firepit recounting our favourite experiences and learnings from our journey.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake and complete our activities and pack down and depart Katoomba and transfer to your School or Sydney Airport, for onwards flights.

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.

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

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

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


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

  • Flights to Sydney return if required
  • Two teachers accompanying the group
  • 7 nights exclusive 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 humanitarian and conservation project.

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

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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