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 Highlights


  • Join a cultural immersion and welcome to land ceremony and learn about the Noongar culture
  • Sea kayak and cycle around stunning Rottnest Island
  • Explore the Indigenous and European history of Perth and Fremantle
  • Biodiversity in the bush program at Perth Hills Discovery Centre
  • Barna Mia nocturnal animal program at Dryandra Woodlands
  • Visit the old whaling station at Albany
  • Trek through the ancient Karri and Tingle Forrest on the Bibbulmun Track
  • WOW eco cruise
  • Join a organic, alternative foods program in Margaret River
  • Wilyabrup Caves visit
  • Community service program in Margaret River
  • 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

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Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


On arrival in Perth you will be met by our experienced guide and transfer straight up to beautiful Kings Park overlooking the city. Here we will explore the botanical gardens and learn about the local indigenous Noongar history through the walking trails. We then make our way to the coast to catch the 2pm ferry over to Rottnest, a spectacular marine reserve. After we check in to our Governor's circle accommodation we will have a cultural immersion and welcome to land with a local Noongar man before we have a full safety and trip briefing. Tonight we get to explore Rottnest and meet everyone's favourite Marsupial, the Quokka! Return to Woodman's Point

Meals:  L,D

Today we have a really special day in store. We rise early and head out to explore Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve and home to the furry Quokka, a small lovable marsupial. We will have a full trip safety briefing before exploring Rottnest Island’s beautiful waters above and below on our glass bottom kayaks. Your guides will provide engaging commentary on the local marine environment as you paddle along, gazing at the world below. We then swap our kayaks for bikes as we cycle around this stunning island. We will have the opportunity to meet the lovable Quokka in their natural habitat. This afternoon we catch the 4:30pm ferry back to Fremantle and drive to our accommodation at Woodman's Point.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake and if time permits can explore some of Fremantle's icons before driving towards the Perth Hills Discovery centre for our Biodiversity in the bush program. Plants need animals, animals need plants. But do they need humans? On this excursion students will explore, through hands on activities and field visits, the biodiversity of our forests, its inhabitants’ relationships and how humans are impacting and managing the forest ecosystems. Students will learn about the unique wildlife conservation program being implemented in the region called Western Shield, and learn how they monitor fauna populations and what strategies are being employed to limit the threat posed by introduced predators. Our program will run from 10am to 2pm. After the program we continue our drive to the Dryandra Woodlands and set up our base at the Dryandra Woodlands Village Complex. Tonight at 6:30pm after dinner we visit Barna Mia, the nocturnal wildlife experience. Barna Mia is a predator-proof animal sanctuary with a difference. Nestled in the heart of Dryandra Woodland, 170km south-east of Perth, Barna Mia is a place to discover threatened native marsupials in a natural setting. Experience the wonder of the woodland once the sun has set and the action begins. Using special red spotlights, you can see threatened native animals such as bilbies, burrowing bettongs, rufous hare-wallabies, quendas, woylies and western barred bandicoots.

Meals:  B,L,D

Dryandra Woodland, is one of the worlds acknowledged biodiversity hot spots and one of the prime places in the South-West for viewing native wildlife. This protected area is a valuable nature conservation area featuring the largest remnant of original vegetation in the western Wheat belt. 24 mammal, 100 bird and 41 reptile species are all known to call Dryandra home, including Western Australia’s state mammal emblem, the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). Today we will immerse our self in an interactive conservation program called Tracks, Scats and Traces. Tonight we have the opportunity to see a number of rare native mammals in their natural setting on a nocturnal wildlife walk.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake to the sound of birds bringing in the morning. After breakfast we drive South to the coastal town of Albany at the Southern tip of Western Australia. Albany has one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world and a dramatic convict history. We can explore the European history including the first settlement in WA before visiting the award winning National Anzac Centre, one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. Located within Albany’s heritage listed Princess Royal Fortress, the centre overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and women departed Australia for the Great War. Overnight Albany

Meals:  B,L,D

We then travel to see how Albany is using alternative energy at the Albany Wind Farm. The farm consists of 12 giant wind turbines, each at a height of 100 metres from the base to the tip of the blades. The turbines generate around 75 per cent of clean, green electricity for the region. We then visit the stunning natural attractions the Gap and Natural Bridge on the south coast. Albany's new viewing platform at the Gap stands 40 metres above deep surging seas giving us outstanding views and photo opportunities. We continue to Albany's Historic Whaling Station is the only experience of its kind in the world. He were can explore the intact whale processing factory and the fully restored whale chasing ship. The Cheynes Beach Whaling Company was the last whaling company to cease operations in Australia, closing in 1978. Opening in 1980 (known then as Whale World), it is now home to an interactive museum on whales and whaling. We will join local passionate experts on a behind the scenes exploration of the whaling factory to gain an informative overview of the stations operations. This afternoon we will plan and prepare for our trek, getting our supplies and have a full safety briefing.

Meals:  B,L,D

The Bibbulmun Track is one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, stretching 1000km from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills, to Albany on the south coast, winding through the heart of the scenic South West of Western Australia. Today we walk one of the most stunning coastal sections from Shelly Beach to Cosy Corner. The terrain on todays walk will take us along spectacular white sandy beaches, granite outcrops once connected to Antarctica and boardwalks through native shrubs and grasslands. The track is named to recognise the early indigenous inhabitants of the southwest, the Bibbulmun. It was known that the Bibbulmun people walked long distances through the forests for ceremonial gatherings, the name was adopted as being unique and appropriate for a trail on which it was hoped walkers would adopt the same feeling of oneness with nature of those people of long ago. We visit Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks. Greens Pool is famous for its turquoise waters and pristine white sands edged with granite boulders. The pool is the centrepiece of William Bay National Park and the area is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, relaxing and exploring the granite rocks. Our vehicle will pick us up at Cosy Corner after our 8km hike and take us to our accommodation at Coalmine Beach Chalets in the beautiful little town of Walpole.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our walk today heads into ancient Karri and Tingle forest. The trail will take us through stunning native wildflower country. Much of the plant life in this forest is unique to the south-west of Western Australia. The giant Tingle trees are the star of the show, the trees only occur in this small area of the world and provide a window to the past. The imposing trees stand up to 180 feet tall with a red brown bark. The Tingles are surrounded by Jarrah and Karri forest. We first drive to the Valley of the Giants Tree-top Walk. The TTW is a suspended walkway high in the karri and red tingle tree forest between Denmark and Walpole. The walkway is positioned 40 metres above the ground in the spectacular heights of the tingle forest canopy. The surrounding Walpole Wilderness features a vast, natural and wild landscape encompassing tranquil forests, imposing granite peaks, peaceful rivers, wetlands and breathtaking beaches. We can study the forest and interpret the unique biodiversity and majesty of the Wilderness from our high vantage point. From the Tree top walk we continue our trek on the Bibbulmun Track to Conspicuous cliffs. This afternoon we join one of the WOW Wilderness eco-interpreters for an informative 2 1/2 hour cruise on the beautiful and unique waterways of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park to the Nuyts Wilderness, WA's first Wilderness Zone. This is a wonderful way to see animals in their natural habitat and learn about the conservation efforts for this stunning area, the cruise is lead by local legend Gary Muir. Tonight we return to Coalmine Beach Chalets

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we visit the giant Tingle Trees, a 1km walk will take us through ancient forest to one of the largest Eucalyptus trees in the world. The large Tingle Tree has been hollowed out by fire over the years giving it fascinating perspective. We then drive approximately 3 hours to the small town of Margaret River, known the world over for its viticulture and fresh produce. At Margaret River we will be camping at Fair Harvest Village, a permaculture farm.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will be involved in a program featuring Margaret Rivers alternative food, organic gardens and viticulture production with a series of hands on activities at Fair Harvest Village. This is a great place to start your permaculture journey – Fair harvest use their established systems to demonstrate permaculture in action and incorporate hands-on exercises to make it a fun and interactive program that will leave you with the basic skills you need to design and set up our own permaculture system. We cover the principles and ethics of permaculture, using zones and sectors, weeds and herbs (their uses in the nutrient cycle) and animal systems. This afternoon we join a community service program planting seedlings and making worm farm kits to be handed out amongst the community.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise early and after breakfast travel out to the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs. These 40m high cliffs extend along the coast for about 500m and offer great elevated views along the coast. We can explore the stunning surrounds and pristine coastline as we trek down to Gracetown. The cliffs glow red against the whitewash of the surging ocean and it is an amazing sight. After our walk we will explore the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. This historic lighthouse is situated at the most south-westerly point of Australia, at the tip of a spectacular peninsula - where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. We take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from local limestone in 1895, and is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating the treacherous cape. The region from Busselton to Augusta is one of Australia's most cave-rich areas with unique formations giving us a glimpse into prehistoric times. We will join a professional caves guide and explore a number of the caves learning about Megafauna fossils – giant creatures that roamed the forest 50 000 years ago, geological formations and local indigenous legends and folklore. We join a night tour in the Bonarup Forest into the largest, longest and deepest of all caves in the area, Giants Cave. A 100 metre wide doline (a natural crater formed by the collapse of the cave roof) is your entrance.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we pack up our gear for the 3 1/2 hour drive to Perth Airport for our flight to Melbourne.

Meals:  B,L


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 through overcoming challenges as well as the act of service and selflessness to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• first hand experience in making a sustainable grass-roots contribution to an under privileged community; investing time and physical effort
• an appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the skills of managing a project, setting and meeting objectives
• 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 people of their host community
• 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.
All service journeys with World Youth Adventures are based on addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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 return
  • Teachers from Toorak College accompanying the group
  • 11 nights school group accommodation in lodges dorms and camp
  • All meals
  • All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned private modern coaches (types of vehicles depending on the number of pax)
  • Parks and Wildlife fees and tree-top walk admission
  • Professional and knowledgeable guide
  • All activities as per the itinerary
  • 24 hour assistance

  • Bottled water or aerated drinks outside of meal time
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc

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.

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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.

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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.

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