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Overview

 Highlights


  • Interact with the Bottlenose Dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Visit the World Heritage Discover Centre and Ocean Park to learn about the environment and many sea creatures
  • Three day indigenous immersion program with local traditional owners
  • Kayak in iconic Francois Peron National Park
  • Visit remote Aboriginal Heritage sites
  • Explore the World Heritage Listed Stromatalites at Hamelin Pool
  • Snorkel along Ningaloo Reef with tropical fish and coral
  • This program is 100% carbon offset. World Youth Adventures absorb the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions as its ongoing commitment to responsible travel

This learning journey explores the stunning coastline of North Western Australia combined with a extraordinary indigenous immersion program with the local community. Starting in Perth we head North, straight to Monkey Mia, a marine reserve in the Shark Bay Marine Park and World Heritage Site. The main attraction are the Bottlenose dolphins that have been coming close to shore for more than fifty years. We get to meet the Dolphins and learn about them and other marine creatures at the World Heritage Centre and Marine Park. We then join a special three day indigenous immersion program with local rangers and traditional land owners learning about their culture and heritage and connection to country. We have the opportunity to see the incredible marine life and stunning environment kayaking in the Francois Peron National Park and visit remote Aboriginal Heritage sites in the area. From here we drive to Exmouth and the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. On route we stop at the dramatic Stromatalites at Hamelin Pool, one of the main reasons for Shark Bays Heritage listing. On arrival at Exmouth we can trek along the stunning white sandy beach coast and swim with turtles, dugongs, tropical fish amongst stunning reef at the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef.

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Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


On arrival in Perth you will be met by our experienced guide and transfer to your vehicle for the drive to Geraldton. This afternoon we will engage in a number of activities in and around our accommodation at the Geraldton School camp. Overnight Geraldton School Camp

Meals:  D

This morning we rise and continue our drive North to the small coastal town of Monkey Mia. We check into our accommodation and then join a marine biologist at the award winning Ocean Park. Part research facility, part marine animal rescue/rehabilitation and part aquarium, the Ocean Park will give us the opportunity to get up close with some amazing sea creatures. We finish off our conservation program with a beach clean up learning about the damage micro plastics and other rubbish is doing to this pristine environment. Overnight Denham campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast, we head out for an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Today is not only a lot of fun but highly educational. On the beautiful white sandy coastline we will get the opportunity to see, and interact with the resident bottle nose dolphins. The Dolphins come in to the shore line under their own steam every day. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these intelligent creatures as well as interact with them. Then it's time to get out on country as we join a special indigenous immersion program. We will be picked up in the morning to head into the heart of Malgana country, and set up camp at Big Lagoon eco site at Francois Peron National Park. (40km) This site has heavily restricted access and is exclusive to the Wula Gura Nyinda Eco team who we will we travel with. Francois Peron National Park is an impressive area of acacia-cloaked red dunes and arid shrublands surrounded by turquoise water. Peron Peninsula is known as Wulyibidi to the local Malgana Aboriginal people who occupied the area prior to European settlement and continue to live in Shark Bay today. There are about 130 registered Aboriginal Heritage sites in the area, including quarries, rock shelters, burial sites and middens. This rich cultural history will be brought alive by our local guides. Today we will have a safety induction before we focus on exploring the marine eco systems by kayak as part of our cultural awareness learning. Our program will include team building and learning about connection to country, environmental awareness, and promoting the World Heritage values. We launch the kayaks and spend the day exploring the coast including swimming and snorkelling opportunities. We will use our local knowledge to search for turtles, dugongs, fish, sharks, and birds. We explore the fragile mangroves communities and their ecosystem. We will return for lunch at the camp site. This afternoon we continue our exploration hiking along the big lagoon coast looking for bushtucker, learning about medicinal plants and animals tracking. On the way back to camp we will collect firewood and prepare for dinner. Tonight after dinner the local team will teach didgeridoo playing, engage in storytelling and encourage group discussions about the day activities and connection to country. Overnight camping at exclusive Big Lagoon eco site

Meals:  B,L,D

After yesterday's day on the water, today we will explore on the land. We will be as self sufficient as we can be collecting our own fire wood, and if there has been some rain, we will get the chance to forage for and eat bush tucker. It should be a great day exploring and learning about living off the land, followed by our final night under the stars. Overnight Wilderness camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We will break camp in the morning, and then make our way back to the big smoke of Denham (population 754) before we hit the road for our days drive to Exmouth, home to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef and Marine Park. On our way through, we will stop off at the extraordinary Stromatalites at Hamelin Pool. These are no ordinary "rocks", these guys are the reason for Shark Bay's World Heritage listing. You will literally be seeing oldest eco-system on Earth. We can spend time exploring and learning about the curios formations before continueing to Exmouth in the afternoon, and getting settled in for our next round of activities. Overnight dorm rooms

Meals:  B,L,D

The famed Ningaloo reef lays in waist deep water off the beach. It is one of the most extraordinary and accessible reef systems on the planet. Manta Ray, turtle and dugong sightings are not uncommon, and of course it will be teaming with various tropical fish and coral. There are a number of sites we can explore along the coast, and we will make use of the time as best we can to be in the water. This afternoon we can enjoy an optional Whale Shark tour, the Whale Sharks are incredible creatures and this will be an afternoon that stays with you for the rest of your lives! Overnight dorm rooms **The optional whale shark tour must be booked in advance and is subject to availability at time of booking**

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will explore Cape Range national park, with a series of walks, snorkels and swims along the coast. We will have the opportunity to spot rock wallabies and an incredible array of sea life on this wonderful day. We will explore Mandu Mandu gorge and make our way to Yardi creek for a fabulous days exploring. Overnight dorm rooms

Meals:  B,L,D

Our last day and we will get you to the airport in time for your flight but not without the opportunity to have one last snorkel and swim on Ningaloo Reef. We then transfer to the airport for your midday flight to Perth, connecting to Melbourne

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Youth Adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development 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 men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Youth Adventures absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • Flights ex Melbourne to Perth // Exmouth to Melbourne via Perth or vv
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Transport in air-conditioned coach
  • 2 teachers from Mentone Grammar
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • 7 nights accommodation at cabins and campsites
  • All group camping equipment including bed, mattress, eating utensils and camp chairs (not included: sleeping bag and pillow)
  • All National Park entrance fees
  • Emergency support satellite phones and first aid kit
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag or pillow (can be hired)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional whale shark tour

Grading

Introductory to Moderate


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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