Day 1: Project to sydney
Travel to Sydney!
Return to Sydney from your Conservation Volunteer Project. Unwind with a free night out in Sydney (host of the 2000 Olympic Games).
Day 2: Sydney
Explore the City of Sydney
Free Day to explore the best of Sydney including Darling Harbor, the historical Rocks area, the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Opera House, beautiful beaches and much more! You may want to visit the Sydney Tower or Sydney Aquarium and in the evening take a sunset cocktail cruise in one of the most famous harbors in the world.
Day 3: Sydney to Byron Bay
Featherdale Wildlife Park and Blue Mountains
Today we drive 40 mi (64 km) west of Sydney to the breathtaking Blue Mountains. On the way we stop at Featherdale Wildlife Park to see Australia’s unique wildlife, such as kangaroos and koalas. In the Blue Mountains, we will get to see the famous “Three Sisters” rock formations.
In the afternoon test your courage by rappelling down the spectacular Blue Mountains cliffs . The scenic sandstone cliffs and gorges of the Blue Mountains are an excellent rappelling location for beginners and experts alike! After dinner, we will take an overnight trip to Byron Bay.
Day 4: Byron Bay
Surfing at Byron Bay
Today we experience the friendly and eclectic laid back culture of Byron Bay. Learn to surf at the beautiful Byron Bay Beach! You might be lucky enough to see dolphins or migrating whales! Explore the town or hike to Cape Byron (Australia’s eastern most point).
Day 5: Byron Bay
Free Day at Byron Bay
Today is a free day to enjoy the beautiful town of Byron Bay and practice your new surfing skills! You may want to relax at the beach, explore the town, trek to the lighthouse at Cape Byron (Australia’s eastern most point) for views of the Pacific Ocean or take part in a number of additional activities available.
Day 6: Byron Bay to Fraser Island
Travel to Fraser Island
Get ready to discover miraculous Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. Discover the diversity and natural beauty as you explore indescribable surf beaches and stunning cliffs of colored sands.
Day 7: Fraser Island
Indian Head Full-Day Tour
Today we will discover the best of Fraser Island on the Indian Head Full-Day Tour. We will cruise along the incredible 75 mi (121 km) beach to swim in Eli Creek, see the famous Maheno shipwreck and climb to the top of Indian Head for magnificent views of the surrounding sand below, beaches and the Pacific Ocean.
Day 8: Fraser island
This morning you will trek over sand dunes and swim in the enchanting emerald-green Lake Wabby, the deepest of Fraser Island’s lakes. Tonight, we leave for the backpacker town of Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
Day 9: Whitsunday Island
Ocean Rafting to Whitehaven Beach
Airlie Beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun and warm tropical weather! Today you’ll have the option to go Ocean Rafting to Whitehaven Beach. There, experience what’s known as the whitest sand in the world!
On this Ocean Rafting adventure, participants will also go snorkeling and take a guided walk on Whitsunday Island. This evening, enjoy the nightlife of this lively town filled with international travelers.
Day 11: Cairns
Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
In the morning we will visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where we will learn about the history, art, dance and way of life from Australia’s indigenous people.
This afternoon we will visit “Reef Teach,” a fun information session on the Great Barrier Reef, which will prepare you for your snorkeling trip tomorrow!
Day 12: Cairns
We spend the day on the Great Barrier Reef for a full day of snorkeling at two different reefs. There is also the opportunity to SCUBA dive at an additional cost (even if you have never been SCUBA diving before!)
Here you will explore the diversity of marine life from the largest reef of living coral in the world.
Day 13: Cairns
Sky Diving, Bungee Jumping, or Exploring
Today is a free day to explore many attractions in Cairns and surrounding areas. Options available include spending an extra day on the Great Barrier Reef, skydiving, bungee jumping or exploring other areas in or around Cairns, including Cape Tribulation where two World Heritage areas meet: the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 14: Cairns to Brisbane
White Water Rafting in the Tully River
Depart for the Tully River to white water raft grade III and IV rapids through pristine tropical rainforest in yet another World Heritage area, the Wet Tropics! Enjoy your final night relaxing and preparing for your morning departure for home, Fiji, or continued stay in Australia: Early morning domestic flight to Brisbane followed by an international departure. The ISV Adventure Ends!
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Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. Some tours may run consecutively so the order of the destinations will be reversed. If this is the case for your adventure tour you will be notified in advance of your arrival to Dominican Republic.
Please note: Exact dates, itineraries, accommodations and included activities will be given to participants in the ISV Participant Travel Manual approximately 30 days prior to departure. ISV reserves the right to change the ISV tour itinerary, accommodations and activities without notice.
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