12 or 15 days
Sydney, Townsville, Paluma, Magnetic Island, the Great Barrier Reef, Brisbane, extension to Auckland
Whether exploring Australia by land or at sea, you’ll soon realize life here is interconnected—and it all traces back to the Great Barrier Reef. As the world’s largest living organism, the Reef is the foundation of Australia’s coastal ecosystems. And Townsville, which will serve as your base of operations for this tour, is the world-renowned epicenter of scientific reef research and conservation. You’ll see the Reef up close while also witnessing the abundant Australian biodiversity that relies on it. Conduct a field survey with koalas, snorkel alongside the Reef, visit a working turtle hospital, and meet local Aborigines who have been guardians of these precious natural resources for millennia.
  • Day 1: Fly to Australia

  • Day 2: Cross the International Date Line

  • Day 3: Sydney

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination

    Enjoy a cruise in Sydney Harbor 

    Visit the Sydney Tower

    Take a walking tour of Sydney 

  • Day 4: Sydney

    Visit the Hyde Park Barracks Museum

    Take a tour of Sydney

    Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House 

  • Day 5: Sydney

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Manly Beach Surfing Lesson

    Manly Beach Surfing Lesson

    After a short harbour ferry ride, learn how to catch a wave next to locals at the famous Manly Beach. An instructor will teach you surfing basics, and you’ll have time after your lesson to practice on your own. Those looking to stay on land can tour Manly Beach with a local guide. Wetsuit and picnic lunch included.  

    Dinner in Sydney
  • Day 6: Sydney • Townsville

    Fly to Townsville 

    Take a walking tour of Townsville 

    Participate in a workshop at the Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre 

  • Day 7: Townsville • Paluma

    Take a day-trip to the Hidden Valley Cabins resort in Paluma

    Enjoy a renewable energy tour of the resort 

    Go for a hike in the Wet Tropics Rainforest

    With your guide, spot wild platypuses

  • Day 8: Paluma • Townsville

    Travel to Mungalla Station

    Participate in a cultural exchange with the Nywaigi Aboriginal people

    With your group, you will:

    • Learn about the Nywaigi people's complicated history with European settlers
    • Interact with other students
    • Lend a hand with land management practices

    Travel back to Townsville 

  • Day 9: Townsville • Magnetic Island

    Take a ferry to Magnetic Island 

    Participate in a field-based survey of the Island's wild koala population 

    Travel back to Townsville 

  • Day 10: Townsville • Great Barrier Reef

    Take an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef

    Learn about marine life firsthand on a snorkeling adventure with a marine biologist

    Travel back to Townsville 

  • Day 11: Townsville • Brisbane

     Visit the Reef HQ Research Centre 

    Return to the Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre for a closing workshop 

    Fly to Brisbane 

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 12: Brisbane • Auckland

     Fly to Auckland 

    Take a tour of Auckland
  • Day 13: Auckland • Waiheke Island

    Take a ferry to Waiheke Island 

    Participate in an ecological restoration activity

    Enjoy a ziplining experience through the Waiheke Island canopy

  • Day 14: Auckland

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Blackwater Rafting

    Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Blackwater Rafting

    Take a trip to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of New Zealand’s most diverse cave systems. Enjoy a guided boat ride through the glowworm grotto as you marvel at the thousands of glowworms that decorate this subterranean world. Then, get your blood pumping as you raft in tubes through underground rapids (Level 2) and float beneath a sky of glowworms.  

  • Day 15: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly to Australia

  • Day 2: Cross the International Date Line

  • Day 3: Sydney

    Meet your Tour Director at your destination

    Enjoy a cruise in Sydney Harbor 

    Visit the Sydney Tower

    Take a walking tour of Sydney 

  • Day 4: Sydney

    Visit the Hyde Park Barracks Museum

    Take a tour of Sydney

    Take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House 

  • Day 5: Sydney

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Manly Beach Surfing Lesson

    Manly Beach Surfing Lesson

    After a short harbour ferry ride, learn how to catch a wave next to locals at the famous Manly Beach. An instructor will teach you surfing basics, and you’ll have time after your lesson to practice on your own. Those looking to stay on land can tour Manly Beach with a local guide. Wetsuit and picnic lunch included.  

    Dinner in Sydney
  • Day 6: Sydney • Townsville

    Fly to Townsville 

    Take a walking tour of Townsville 

    Participate in a workshop at the Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre 

  • Day 7: Townsville • Paluma

    Take a day-trip to the Hidden Valley Cabins resort in Paluma

    Enjoy a renewable energy tour of the resort 

    Go for a hike in the Wet Tropics Rainforest

    With your guide, spot wild platypuses

  • Day 8: Paluma • Townsville

    Travel to Mungalla Station

    Participate in a cultural exchange with the Nywaigi Aboriginal people

    With your group, you will:

    • Learn about the Nywaigi people's complicated history with European settlers
    • Interact with other students
    • Lend a hand with land management practices

    Travel back to Townsville 

  • Day 9: Townsville • Magnetic Island

    Take a ferry to Magnetic Island 

    Participate in a field-based survey of the Island's wild koala population 

    Travel back to Townsville 

  • Day 10: Townsville • Great Barrier Reef

    Take an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef

    Learn about marine life firsthand on a snorkeling adventure with a marine biologist

    Travel back to Townsville 

  • Day 11: Townsville • Brisbane

     Visit the Reef HQ Research Centre 

    Return to the Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre for a closing workshop 

    Fly to Brisbane 

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Add 3 more days

  • Day 12: Brisbane • Auckland

     Fly to Auckland 

    Take a tour of Auckland
  • Day 13: Auckland • Waiheke Island

    Take a ferry to Waiheke Island 

    Participate in an ecological restoration activity

    Enjoy a ziplining experience through the Waiheke Island canopy

  • Day 14: Auckland

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Blackwater Rafting

    Waitomo Glowworm Caves & Blackwater Rafting

    Take a trip to the Waitomo Glowworm Caves, one of New Zealand’s most diverse cave systems. Enjoy a guided boat ride through the glowworm grotto as you marvel at the thousands of glowworms that decorate this subterranean world. Then, get your blood pumping as you raft in tubes through underground rapids (Level 2) and float beneath a sky of glowworms.  

  • Day 15: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers

  • Hotels

    9 overnight stays in hotels (12 with extension)

  • Regional-style meals

    Breakfast and dinner daily; lunch on days 8, 9, and 10 (and day 13 on extension)

  • Personalized Learning Support

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project.

  • Entrances

    Harbor cruise, Sydney Tower, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney Opera House, Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre workshop, renewable energy tour, Wet Tropics Rainforest expedition, platypus viewing tour, Mungalla Station indigenous experience, koala survey, snorkeling with marine biologist, Reef HQ Aquarium, Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre closing workshop (with extension: tree planting activity, ziplining)

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your dedicated Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides add cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • Continuous support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • 24-hour emergency service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Worldwide presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

Pricing that makes travel possible

Our prices include airfare, hotels, meals, a full-time Tour Director, and more.

Payment options

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