Make a Difference: Australia

Make a Difference: Australia
Explore the beautiful waterfront city of Sydney, discover the daily and spiritual lives of local Aborigines, volunteer at Port Stevens, and snorkel in one of the richest marine resources known to man—the Great Barrier Reef!
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Day 1 Start tour
Day 2 International Date Line
Lose a day as you cross the International Date Line
Day 3 Hello Sydney
Meet your tour director and check into hotel
Welcome briefing
Day 4 Sydney--Port Stephens
Travel to Port Stephens
Details: Worimi Conservation Lands visit with Aboriginal guide
The Worimi Conservation Lands are a protected area, just 3.5 hours out of Sydney, where you’ll find 35km of golden, shifting dunes. The Worimi are the traditional owners of the Port Stephens area, and spoke the Kattang language. When you visit Wormi Conservation Lands, you'll step into a place abundant in Aboriginal cultural history. There are an extraordinary number of Aboriginal cultural sites that pre-date European settlement, scattered throughout the dunes. These include middens, campsites and burials, all of which reflect the cultural use of the land and have special cultural significance to the Worimi people.
Day 5 Port Stephens volunteering
Details: Stockton Beach cleanup
Within the Worimi Conservation Lands lies Stockton Beach. Stockton is the state’s longest beach, and its dunes offer endless appeal. Their shape, slope and stability vary with the weather. This unpredictability offers potential for damage to Aboriginal cultural sites, and possible impacts to plants and animals. Today, you’ll do your part to maintain this magnificent stretch of beach by assisting with cleanup efforts.
Details: Afternoon sand dune activities
Enjoy the gigantic Stockton dunes; the largest in the southern hemisphere. The landscape’s creation began well over 100,000 years ago, and believe it or not, these enormous dunes are ‘alive’ and forever changing.
Day 6 Port Stephens--Sydney
Travel to Sydney
Bondi Beach visit
Lunch at Bondi Beach
Details: Sydney guided sightseeing tour
See Sydney, Australia's beautiful waterfront city. A licensed, local guide will take you to Darling harbour, a bustling entertainment and shopping centre. At "The Rocks" see historical and contemporary Australia stand side-by-side. On this stubby peninsula on the western side of Sydney Cove, modern Australian history started with the landing of the first ships in 1788. From here, Sydney evolved from convict outpost to the most beautiful metropolis on the Pacific Rim. Next, visit one of the city's most well-known symbols, the Sydney Opera House, majestically poised between the Harbour Bridge and the Royal Botanic Garden. Then travel to the top of the Sydney Tower, a 1000 ft. golden minaret-topped spike. From the observation deck you can see all 600 square miles of Sydney.
Day 7 Sydney--Alice Springs
Fly to Alice Springs
Alice Springs city walk
Day 8 Alice Springs--Ayers Rock
Travel to Ayers Rock
Details: Anangu Aboriginal Culture Centre visit
Explore the daily and spiritual lives of the local Aborigines, the Anangu, at this award-winning cultural center. The building itself is designed in the shape of two ancestral snakes, constructed from traditional mud brick walls and massive tree trunks.
Day 9 Ayers Rock
Swimming at local waterhole
Details: Mala walk at Ayers Rock with Aboriginal guide
Learn the sensitive story of the Mala (Hare Wallaby) people who lived at Ayers Rock (“Uluru”), with their friend the Itjaritjari (marsupial mole). Along the Mala Walk visit the many painted caves of the Mala people, and learn how they lived and prepared for ceremonies at the base of Uluru. Visit sacred Kantju Gorge, a quiet water hole at the base of a dramatic rock face. The Mala people say, “Ngapartji Ngapartji” – “this is our culture, we share it with you, it benefits us all”.
Day 10 Ayers Rock--Cairns
Fly to Cairns
Cultural exchange at local school
Day 11 Great Barrier Reef
Details: Great Barrier Reef full-day excursion
As the world's largest living organism, the iconic Great Barrier Reef is the richest marine resource known to man. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with unique plants, fish, and coral representing a dazzling myriad of colors, the Reef is a dream visit for students who embrace science, art and nature. Set sail on a luxury 105 ft sailing catamaran for a smooth and comfortable journey to Michaelmas Cay, a low lying vegetated sand cay that is also a sanctuary for migratory seabirds. The Cay, with its calm, shallow waters, is ideal for first-timers and young families looking to experience the Reef in a safe, easy environment. With qualified crew on hand to supervise and buoyancy vests provided free of charge, students can effortlessly float as they snorkel and discover the world below. Take a Semi-submersible Coral Reef Viewing Tour, as well as walk the Cay for a most unique bird watching experience. With the onset of climate change and the clearly progressing decomposition of this delicate ecosystem, no time is better than now to experience perhaps the greatest natural wonder on earth.
Day 12 Cape Tribulation
Crocodile & wildlife cruise on Daintree River
Details: Full-day Cape Tribulation & Daintree National Park excursion
Deep within the Daintree Rain Forest, new species of plants and animals are still being discovered and the vegetation is every bit as impressive as the Amazon Basin. From here, travel by boat up the Daintree River, a wide, muddy saltwater river and a favorite spot for crocodiles. As you approach the north side of the river, the National Park begins. This park is a ecological marvel - with coastal plains, rain forest, mangroves, coral and sea all come together. The forest itself has some of the oldest known flowering plants, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Details: Daintree Village visit
Daintree Village offers a glimpse into Australia’s colorful past. Forged from the spirits of gold rush pioneers, cedar timber getters and farmers, Daintree is a quaint rural village with a laid back tranquil atmosphere, hosting travelers from Australia and all parts of the world.
Details: Marrdja Rainforest botanical guided walk
A boardwalk and concrete pathway leads you through the rainforest to Oliver Creek, where you can sit and watch out for crocodiles!
Day 13 End tour
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Tour Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • 10 overnight stays in hotels with private bathroom
  • Lunch & dinner as per itinerary
  • Breakfast daily
  • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
  • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
  • Visits to select attractions as per itinerary
  • Tour Diary™
  • Note: On arrival day only dinner is provided; on departure day, only breakfast is provided
  • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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