Australia – Marine Biology & Surfing

Below you’ll find an approximate itinerary for the Australian Tour we offer. Please contact us if you’re interested in taking your group on this trip.

5405169074_069fdb8ff6_bDay 1

- Arrive in beautiful Sydney Australia, having crossed the International Dateline
- Check in to your hotel
- Have dinner at a local restaurant

5303122482_d39683ae00_bDay 2

- Breakfast at your hotel
- Take the Captain Cook Cruises Zoo Express Ferry to the renowned Taronga Zoo and the Sky Safari cable car
- Take a tour of the famous Sydney Opera House, one of the world’s architectural masterpieces
- Evening free

2992930633_90cc4ea648_oDay 3

- Breakfast at your hotel
- A day on the Sydney Explorer bus. It stops at 27 famous Sydney landmarks and attractions. It takes you through Chinatown, through the Royal Botanic Gardens and across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Hop on and off as you please
- Learn how to surf at Bondi Beach. A team of male and female surf instructors will be there to help you ride your first wave
- Evening tour at the Sydney Observatory

4028846778_10ea2dfae5_oDay 4

- Free morning for shopping and fun!
- Walking tour through Sydney
- Last chance to get Sydney souvenirs

1333523985_e744be8eef_bDay 5

- Receive boxed breakfast
- Fly from Sydney to Gladstone, with a stopover in Brisbane
- Take an exciting two-hour sailing trip from Gladstone to Heron Island
- Briefing by the Heron Island Research Station staff
- Afternoon beach walk, exploring the unique natural beauty of the area
- Stay on Heron Island

6106200765_7cacc5a50d_bDay 6

- Snorkelling! Today you’ll get to explore the inner reef
- Afternoon beach walking with specific emphasis on marine life and coral
- Evening turtle watching! The station staff will be there to answer any questions you have

124957663_474a6dd93b_oDay 7

- Morning boating trip outside the reef crest for more snorkelling
- Afternoon class room teaching by station staff covering coral health and associated marine biology including climate change experiments in the lab
- More snorkelling!
- Dinner
- Last opportunity for more beach walking

9588057618_af7bac15f1_bDay 8

- Pack and ride the catamaran back to Gladstone
- Take the Sunlander train for a beautiful 23 hour rail journey along Queensland’s beautiful coast line
- Overnight on the train

9200374394_dc02f88790_bDay 9

- Arrive in Cairns, the heart of tropical northern Australia
- Dinner at Cairns’ hostel
- Get to know Cairns walkabout

9443718248_f57990d495_bDay 10

- Breakfast at hostel, leisurely morning
- Board the famous Kuranda Scenic rail. This breathtaking journey on one of the world’s most scenic train routes
- Stop at Barron Gorge to view the Falls before arriving at beautiful Kuranda station
- Spend the day experiencing the charm of the village
- Ride the award-winning Skyrail, which provides a unique insight into the rainforest canopy and spectacular views of the Coral Sea
- Return to Cairns

6345639138_9ae8a70bc1_bDay 11

- A trip to Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure
- Enjoy the entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more
- Take a boat cruise on Hartley’s Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland
- Learn about sustainable use and conservation on the Crocodile Farm tour
- Visit Palm Cove Beach for an afternoon of swimming and shopping
- Return to Cairns for dinner at a local restaurant


- Fly back to Vancouver from Cairns