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Overview

 Highlights


  • Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge cultural exploration
  • Mandingalbay Yidinji indigenous immersion experience
  • Trek Dinden National Park to Lambs Head
  • Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef
  • Coral Watch Program
  • Explore Fitzroy Islands Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Remote indigenous women service project
  • Migrant guest speaker and cuisine and culture night
  • 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 engaging program has been put together with the whole St Catherine's School year 10 group in mind to promote and encourage positive well being and self growth. The year level will travel as one, branching off into four groups each day to complete conservation work, service, physical challenges, Indigenous cultural Immersion programs and fun activities. The journey will culminate with all groups coming together on the last night for a celebration of the year level and farewell dinner. No other region of the world is like far North Queensland with its Reef, ancient rainforest, Indigenous history and stunning islands it is the perfect backdrop for our exploration. This program is a stunning and engaging learning experience encompassing marine biology, biodiversity, indigenous learnings, service, geology and sustainability along with physical challenges and team work activities.

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Start and Finishing Point:

Melbourne

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 as we head straight to Mossman Gorge located in the Daintree National Park. This area is sacred to the Kuku Yalanji people and we join a local member to trace ancient forest pathways alongside a tumbling river as we weave our way through one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. We learn about connection to country and how the local peoples have lived in harmony with the environment for thousands of years. After our walk and exploration we head South and check into our rainforest retreat located outside Cairns.

Meals:  D

Today is a special day! This morning we pack our bags and after breakfast we 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. We join a marine naturalist for a safety briefing and background on the island and its inhabitants before we walk straight into the water to explore the reef system. After some exploration we will join a Coral watch and data collection program along with a 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 we 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. We will meet some of the volunteers and see hands on the great work being done here. Tonight we camp at the grounds on Fitzroy Island. There are ablution blocks and cold showers available at the camp grounds. Overnight camping Fitzroy Island

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake on the island and continue our exploration and program. We break camp and return to the mainland 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. We then have some time to relax before our cuisine and culture program. Tonight we will 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 origan. You will also learn of the hardships she has faced that will humanize this struggle. You gain some culinary skills, feast on a fantastic meal, and perhaps make a new friend.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we join the Mandingalbay Yidinji people to explore their country straddling the wet tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage areas and learn about their cultural heritage. We join a boat ride across the inlet, past mangroves, and are welcomed to country with a traditional smoke ceremony. Over the course of the day we listen to our hosts stories about their 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. We will have plenty of time to discuss totems and the protection of animals, native title acts and biodiversity studies as well as spirituality and connection to country. This afternoon we bid our hosts farwell and drive to Dinden National Park and set up camp. We will help set up the tents and prep the food before preparing for our trek. Overnight wilderness camping

Meals:  B,L,D

The Lamb mountain range overlooks Cairns and provides some of the best hikes in the tropics. We travel to Dinden National park which supports a number of endemic flora and fauna species including the rare tapping green eyed frog, the Queensland Maple and the Northern Bettong. We join a challenging 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 1300mtrs. A great team 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. This afternoon we return to our Cairns accommodation and meet up with the rest of the St Catherine's School groups for the last night of our journey for a fun activity and farewell dinner before doing any last minute shopping at the night markets. Overnight Cairns Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise for breakfast and have time to explore Cairns before we pack our gear and head to the airport at lunchtime for our 2pm flight to Melbourne.

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 Youth Adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive well being and 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 Melbourne to Cairns return
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Experienced guides, educators and specialist instructors
  • Teachers from St Catherine's accompanying each group
  • Accommodation in hotel, retreat centre and wilderness camping
  • 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

  • Bottled water or aerated drinks outside of meal time
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • 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 Youth Adventures 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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