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  • 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
  • Explore the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains
  • Land management service program to help bush fire affected areas
  • Behind the scenes program at Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Quality adventure activities including trekking, cycling, canyoning and abseiling
  • Interactive indigenous cultural activities
  • Expert local qualified and licensed guides

Australia is a nation blessed with outstanding natural beauty. From its rugged interior to its pristine coastlines. On this adventure the students will combine a multi activity experience including trekking, cycling and canyoning, with learning about the Australian wildlife and indigenous culture along with playing your role in a bush fire relief program in the stunning setting of the UNESCO listed Blue Mountains. Students will also embark on self discovery with activities designed to bring about personal growth and respect for their peers through shared experience.

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On arrival in Sydney we will be met by our experienced World Youth Adventures guide and head straight to Featherdale Wildlife Park, a local park in Sydney's West that is home to he largest collection of many of Australia's famous animals. Through their Endangered Species Programs, Featherdale has demonstrated outstanding and formidable expertise in breeding management and their commitment and dedication to conserving Australia’s unique biodiversity. We will be able to go behind the scenes for an interactive education experience in the animals natural environment. From here we will then continue into the UNESCO world heritage listed Blue Mountains to the town of Katoomba, our home for the next week of our journey. Once we settle in we will have a trip and safety briefing followed by dinner.

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This morning we will be formally welcomed to the area by a member of the local indigenous community, the Gandangara people, as we participate in a "Welcome to Country" ceremony. This is an ancient ceremony in which the hosting group would welcome the visitors, offering them safe passage and protection of their spiritual being during the journey. Following this we spend the day participating in a series of activities focusing on indigenous culture, environmental education and conservation including bush tucker, indigenous art and land management. Following the recent bushfires in the Blue Mountains region, today’s environmental education will also teach us about the impacts of these bushfires to the natural environment and how our unique bushland recovers from these fire events.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we’ll commence four days exploration of the spectacular heights and depths of the Blue Mountains. Our hike today will take us directly from our centrally located accommodation on 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. At the base of the stairs we will join the Federal Pass walking trail and begin our walk towards Laura Forest. This walk will take us through lush green shrouded forests beneath towering escarpments. Throughout the hike our guides will share with you their knowledge of the plant and animal species that we see and the dangers surrounding this fragile ecosystem. If we are lucky, we may hear a lyrebird or two with their unique ability to mimic other birds. We will enjoy a picnic lunch during our walk. Once we have ascended the trail up to the top of the escarpment, we’ll then enjoy more rewarding views as we look back towards where we began our hiking adventure. The days’ hike concludes as we trek back to our accommodation and prepare for dinner.

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Over the next two days we will join our expert rope access guides for full days abseiling and canyoning amongst the stunning Blue Mountains. For our abseiling adventure we'll be returning to Narrow Neck plateau. Abseiling, or rappelling as it is known in North America and much of Europe, 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 guides will be providing all the instruction necessary to enjoy this thrilling activity. We will start off on small cliffs moving on to more stunning larger drops as we progress. The beauty and serenity of the canyons will surprise you, with ferny glades and towering rock walls providing a spectacular setting. The walk out takes about 45 minutes through temperate rainforest. These two days are spectacular and incredibly rewarding in the company of some of the best guides and crew in Australia.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we have the opportunity to work with the local council on a bush fire relief program centred around land management. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to do our bit for the local flora fauna and local community devastated by the recent bush fires.

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Cycling is a perfect way to explore the Blue Mountains. With hundreds of trails to choose from we will cycle along paved trails and fire tracks as we make our way to some of he stunning outlooks and vistas across the Blue Mountains. From amazing sheer sandstone cliffs, deep valley gorges, rivers and giant eucalyptus trees today's cycle is as magnificent as it is rewarding. There is something about exploring at handle bar level, out in the crisp air, we will even have the opportunity to spot a number of wild animals en route.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we have our last breakfast before we drive back to Sydney airport for our flight to Melbourne home.

Meals:  B


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

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


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

  • Expert English speaking tour guides
  • 7 nights dorm accommodation in Katoomba
  • All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned private modern coaches
  • 24 hour on call assistance
  • All activities and permits as listed in the itinerary
  • Costs associated with the conservation project.

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

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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 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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