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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
  • Welcome to country at Kings Park in Perth
  • Explore the ancient gorges and cool pools of Karijini National Park
  • Trek along the Mount Bruce trail
  • Walk in the iconic Hancock and Weano Gorges
  • Trek along stunning white sandy beach coastline
  • Swim and snorkel in the beautiful Ningaloo Reef
  • Optional Whale Shark tour
  • Climb Mt Jarndunmunha (Mt Nameless) and overnight at the outback station at Cheela Plains
  • Astronomy session at Cheela Plains

This multi activity program provides an achievable challenge exploring the dramatic gorges of Karijini National park combined with learning about life underwater at the stunning Ningaloo Reef. Starting in Perth with a welcome to country and exploration or the city and Fremantle we then head North into the Pilbra, to Paraburdoo. From here we drive straight to Karijini, where we take in some of the world's most striking features and landscapes. Our program includes challenging but achievable walks to soak in the feel of the Pilbara and to swim in the many idyllic swimming holes. We spend three days in Karijini walking, swimming, exploring and relaxing before we drive across to Exmouth and the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. We learn about life below water and the importance of reefs in marine ecosystems. Here we can trek along the stunning white sandy beach coast and swim with turtles, dugongs, tropical fish and stunning colourful reef.

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Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


Fly Melbourne to Perth. On arrival in Perth you will be met by our experienced guide and transfer to your accommodation for the night. After freshening up we travel to beautiful Kings Park overlooking the city where we will meet a traditional Noongar land owner for a welcome to country ceremony and insight into the Noongar history. Depending on your arrival time we can then explore cultural and iconic landmarks of Perth and Fremantle.

Meals:  D

This morning we head to the airport for your flight to Paraburdoo located in Western Australia's pilbra. This area is known for its Aboriginal peoples; its ancient landscapes; the red earth; and its vast mineral deposits, in particular iron ore. It is also a global biodiversity hotspot for subterranean fauna. On arrival you will be met at the airport for the drive to Karijini National Park. We head straight to one of Australia’s most beautiful gorge systems, Dales Gorge. We’ll spend the rest of the day exploring Dales Gorge on foot, with Circular Pool, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool all offering wonderful swimming and walking opportunities. In the evening we set up camp for the next two nights at Karijini. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

Mt Bruce is Western Australia’s second highest peak. The Mt Bruce walk trail is a fantastic ridge walk, with some steep and rocky sections along the route. From one side you’ll have the vista of Karijini Range; from the other an iron ore mine. Your guide will discuss the flora and fauna of the area as well as local follore as we complete the 9.5 km return walk. The walk will take us most of the day and is definitely worth the effort. We will have a picnic lunch en route. Accommodation: Karijini National Park – Eco Retreat campground

Meals:  B,L,D

We’ll pack up camp this morning before heading out to explore two of the most iconic gorges in Karijini – Hancock and Weano. The walks are challenging in places, and very rewarding, but not technical. Both involve some wading and clambering on rocks and both reward us with fantastic jade pools nestled deep within the narrow gorge walls. In the afternoon we’ll say goodbye to Karijini and head for Tom Price where we will spend a night at Tom Price Caravan Park. Tom Price is a mining town located at the edge of the Hamersley Range and is the highest town above sea level in Western Australia, famous for its iron ore deposits.

Meals:  B,L,D

We can walk directly from our accommodation to climb Mt Jarndunmunha this morning. It’s a fairly steady ascent all the way to the summit but the views over Tom Price and surrounds are great. After lunch we’ll have a look around Tom Price before heading for a true outback station stay at Cheela Plains where we will be amazed by the night sky of the desert. Tonight we have an astronomy lesson using the stations huge telescope. Away from the glare of light we will have the opportunity to see the sky lit up by millions of stars. Accommodation: Cheela Plains Station Stay.

Meals:  B,L,D

Time to rest the legs on a travel day. Western Australia is a big place so it will take us much of the day to get across to Exmouth. On route we will take a drive up through the spectacular Charles Knife Canyon. We will arrive with time to watch the sun set into the Indian Ocean.

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. We will learn about the reef system and it's importance to life underwater. 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 stay in cabin accommodation *The whale shark optional tour is not included in your trip cost

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.

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 to Paraburdoo // Exmouth return
  • 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners and snacks daily
  • Transport in air-conditioned 4WD tour coach
  • Teachers from your school accompanying your journey
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 4 nights accommodation at campsites
  • 4 nights accommodation in cabins
  • 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
  • Day packs
  • Optional whale shark tour

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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