Welcome to Australia’s Coastal Paradise!
Two weeks in Brisbane will show you everything you could want in an Educational Vacation: Learning, Entertainment, Wildlife, and Marine Wonder!
Arrive in beautiful Brisbane and immediately jump into the action on Day 1 as the first stop of the Brisbane Conservation Study Tour is the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary and then Springbrook National Park.
This wondrous park will be your home for the next 5 days, featuring walks in the rainforest and presentations from park staff on the threatened Koala species and safety!
Day 2 is host to hands-on conservation activities with the staff, along with the chance to set up your own remote camera in the park to take a sneak peek at the rare wildlife!
Evenings at Springbrook National Park are a chance to either explore on your own or participate in some spotlight walking to find nocturnal animals like the Brush-tailed possums, sugar gliders, and spot the glowing mushrooms!
Day 3 is highlighted by Bird Watching hikes while Day 4 is highlighted by water quality monitoring activities and group discussions!
The fifth day of the Brisbane Conservation Study Tour plays host to more bird watching and a trip to Germaine Greer’s astounding home-grown, 65-hectare rain forest being created from bare ground! A once in a lifetime treat!
Your final day at Springbrook National Park is a chance to really focus on protecting the beautiful rainforest and celebrate your stay around a campfire with marshmallows!
Day 7 of Brisbane Conservation Study Tour transitions to the Woodstock Cattle Property for two days of exploration and learning at one of the most environmentally friendly Cattle Farms on Earth, a hallmark of the CVA Biodiversity Rehabilitation Plan!
Day 9 of the Brisbane Conservation Study Tour takes you deep into the heart of beautiful Brisbane City. Tour the University of Queensland Campus and take a Ferry Ride through the city!
The next day, enjoy learning about the Aboriginals, the oldest living culture in the world! Experience their cuisine for lunch at the Coolnwynpin Creek before an afternoon of taking on the challenge of Marine Pollution!
Day 11 of the Brisbane Conservation Study Tour includes an entry ticket to one of the two theme parks along the Gold Coast! Enjoy either Dreamworld (Australia’s largest theme park with over 40 rides and the Tiger Conservation Park) or dive into the Warner Brothers Movie World! It all depends on what YOU want!
The next day in Brisbane City, it’s an early morning that is worth setting the alarm for! The Brisbane Conservation Study Tour takes you out to sea on a Whale Watching Cruise before your final group session of presentations and the certificate ceremony that evening.
Delight in shopping and free time in the city on departure day before transporting to the Brisbane International Airport.
Remember, no previous knowledge is necessary to enjoy this trip. Just bring a willingness to learn and an adventurous spirit. Oh, and your camera too!
Sign up today for this life-changing Educational Vacation!
Day 1: Arrival + Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Pick up from Brisbane International Airport or Brisbane central.
Visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – see and learn native Australian animals up-close (chances to feed kangaroo and pat a koala).
Arrive at Springbrook National Park (approx. 2 hours’ drive) in late afternoon.
Settle into our accommodation at the heart of Springbrook for the next five days.
Evening: Program overview – What is a threatened species and safety induction.
Optional: Depending on time and group condition – nocturnal walk in the rainforest.
DAY 2: Springbrook National Park
Morning: Exploration – see and learn key elements in this magnificent and mysterious rainforest before starting a multi-day animal survey using remote sensing cameras. Under supervision, students will set up their own remote camera in the park for the next 1 to 2 days.
Afternoon: Now we are more familiar with the surrounding species, join your guides in some hands-on conservation activities.
Evening: Group Activities
Group 1 – spotlighting walk to find nocturnal animals such as ring and Brush-tailed possums, sugar gliders, and listen to frog calls. Can you see any glowing mushrooms?
Group 2 – free time – explore the Adventure Playground near accommodation.
DAY 3: Springbrook National Park
Morning: Bird Watching Activity – More than half of Australia’s colourful bird species are found in rainforests. Use the bird species list provided in your study booklet, watch and count the number of bird species you can see or hear.
Explore more regions of the rainforest while undertaking land species. Distribution task using Quadrat method. Through this exercise, students will learn the risk of habitat deterioration by introduced plant and animal species.
Afternoon: Help and protect this ecosystem by undertaking conservation activities.
Evening: Group Activities
Group 1 – Free time – explore the Adventure Playground near accommodation.
Group 2 – Spotlighting walk to find nocturnal animals such as ring and Brush-tailed possums, sugar gliders, and listen to frog calls. Can you see any glowing mushrooms?
DAY 4: Springbrook National Park
Morning: Water quality monitoring activity at nearby pond / waterfall. Learn about water cycle and its impact on all life on the planet.
Afternoon: Retrieve remote sensing cameras within the park. Access and record useful data for wildlife research.
Group discussion: recap information learned on threatened species in a rainforest ecosystem. Prepare for individual’s presentation.
DAY 5: Springbrook National Park
Morning: One more bird watching activity. Can you recognise any bird species now?
Afternoon: Once in a lifetime tour of Germaine Greer’s home-grown rainforest at Cave Creek, a 65-hectare ex-grazing property that is being transformed from bare ground to lush rainforest.
Evening: Visit the Natural Bridge at sunset and walk back to the waterfall in the dark to look for glowing mushrooms before reaching the waterfall to spot glow worms.
DAY 6: Springbrook National Park
Last day in Springbrook National Park.
Today we focus on protecting this beautiful rainforest and all the animals by undertaking more habitat restoration tasks.
Evening: Campfire night with marshmallows (subject to weather).
DAY 7: Woodstock Cattle Property
Morning: Depart from Springbrook National Park to the Woodstock Cattle Property.
In the next 2 days, we visit this historic, yet environmentally friendly cattle farm. Learn and see one of Australia’s biggest export goods – beef, and its impact on the natural environment.
This 320-acre property was once grazed to the extreme. Since the start of CVA’s Biodiversity Rehabilitation Plan for the property, we created corridors for wildlife to connect with the riparian forest and rehabilitated previously cleared grazing land.
DAY 8: Woodstock Cattle Property
Join us on this long-term project by undertaking conservation tasks. See wild kangaroos hopping on this transformed land!
Group discussion: Mid-project review and prepare for student presentation at the end of the program.
DAY 9: Brisbane City
Morning: Depart Woodstock Property for Brisbane city.
Tour the University of Queensland campus – guided by university student association (subject to the University’s availability).
Ferry ride through the city and experience the River Walk near Brisbane CBD.
Check-in to our accommodation in Brisbane central.
DAY 10: Brisbane City
Spend the day learning about the oldest living culture in the world – the Aboriginals.
Experience local cuisine with a unique bushtucker (Aboriginal food) twist overlooking the beautiful Coolnwynpin Creek.
Afternoon: Marine pollution is now one of the biggest global challenges faced by all.
We will do something good for the local community by participating in Beach/Coastal clean-up. Join thousands of conservationists by picking washed-up rubbish on beach and save our marine species.
DAY 11: Brisbane City
Morning: Depart our Brisbane accommodation in the morning for one of the two theme parks in Gold Coast:
1. Dreamworld – Australia’s biggest theme park. Consists of more than 40 different rides and also one of the tiger conservation parks in the world.
2. Warner Brothers Movie World – Experience a day of fun rides and super hero themed activities including Batman, Superman, Wonder woman, and more.
Pick up from theme park entrance by 5pm.
* Entry ticket provided. In-park activities fees and lunch not included.
* Group chaperons must each attend one theme park with students.
DAY 12: Brisbane City
Morning: Early departure for Whale Watching Cruise at Brisbane (subject to availability).
Return to accommodation in late afternoon.
Final group session, presentations and certificate ceremony.
Presentation can include but not limited to the below points:
– What have I seen, learnt, experienced, and completed.
– Things that I liked doing, disliked doing, and would change when I return home.
DAY 13: Brisbane City
Last day in Brisbane.
Shopping & free time to explore the city.
Transfer to Brisbane International Airport for departure.
Like all of our exciting Educational Tour options, this tour offers participants a carefully crafted balance of learning elements (lessons, lectures, seminars, field study, etc), planned activities and excursions (cultural activities, mini-tours, sightseeing, etc) and free time for you to explore in your own way or to simply relax. This is what makes Worldaway Learning Tours so unique!
Here’s what you can expect on this tour*:
*Breakdown provided for informational purposes only. Individual experiences may differ.
Our ‘Start Dates’ represent the day that you should arrive into the country. This is officially the first day of the tour and is the day that the local guide has set aside to meet and collect the tour participants. To allow this to be a smooth process, we ask that you do your best to arrive in the morning of the official start day. If you’re having troubles finding a suitable flight, or if you are worried about your flight arrival time, let us know so that we can assist.
No. Flights are not included in the listed tour price. We have participants joining our tours from all around the world, and as such we believe that individuals can find the best deals on their own. Need some help finding flights? We can guide you to some great resources, so just ask.
*We strongly recommend that you only purchase flights once your tour has been confirmed.
Yes. It is important that you are covered in the event of something terrible (or just terribly annoying) happening. Whether it’s a last-minute flight change, losing your luggage, or falling ill while abroad, if you have proper travel insurance cover, you can sit back and enjoy the experience worry-free.
We believe that World Nomads is the best insurance provider for adventure travelers. Policies through World Nomads cover trip cancellation, medical emergencies, emergency evacuation, as well as lost, stolen or damaged personal belongings. Their policies are extremely competitive so get your free no obligation quote here!
It is each traveler’s responsibility to ensure they have the correct tourist entry visa/s and any necessary vaccinations. Both of these items depend on your own background – i.e. What passport are you travelling on? What vaccinations you have had previously? We can certainly help guide you through the process and have lots of great advice to give, so again, just ask.
Yes! While we welcome groups, families, couples and friends, our Learning Tours are also designed with individual travelers in mind. You’ll be part of a larger group which is made up of other intrepid travelers from all over the world. This is a great way to meet like-minded people and we’re sure you will make a few long-lasting friendships.
On most tours the minimum number of participants is 2 and maximum is 12. Group sizes vary at different times of the year, but generally speaking we will do our best to ensure there is at least 4 participants on each tour where possible.
In most cases, yes! There are some instances where tour participants will travel by foot, like walking a short distance between your accommodation and a learning or activity center for example, but for everything else, the transport is all arranged for you!
As mentioned above, flights, visas, insurance and vaccinations are not included – so these costs are additional to the listed tour price. In addition, you should consider the following:
- Airport taxes and entry/departure fees (if not included in your flight ticket)
- Additional food, drinks and snacks
- Money for optional activities /excursions (where available)
- Personal spending money (think souvenirs!)
The amount of additional money you may need is impossible for us to judge, and really does depend on your own spending habits, but if you have any questions about this, or want some help working out your budget, just let us know.
In most cases, no. Breakfast is often included at your accommodation, but lunches and dinners will be subject to the tour itinerary. As such, some are included, some are not, but this does of course provide a wonderful opportunity to try out the local cuisine for yourself.
Yes. It has become fairly common for tour participants to request special dietary provisions, so in most cases this can easily be catered for. If you have concerns about this though, let us know and we can discuss it with complete confidentiality.
Yes, absolutely! Free time is an important part of every tour. There is nothing more frustrating than having to follow a strict and unforgiving itinerary. Where possible, you will have free time to explore, partake in some of the local attractions and activities, or simply relax – it’s up to you!
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Once you have completed the booking form you can secure your spot by paying a deposit of US$500. This is part of the total tour price and will be deducted from your final invoice. The balance needs to be paid 6 weeks prior to your tour start date. Don’t worry – we will send you a reminder when that time comes and an invoice which you can simply click and pay.
*If you wish to join a tour that is starting in less than 30 days, you will be prompted to pay the entire tour fee at the time of booking.
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13 Day Brisbane Conservation Study TourInc. Experienced Conservation Guides!
- Cabin, Cottage & Hotel Accommodation
- Shared Bunk Rooms (w/ensuites + shared kitchen & recreational areas)
- Gondwanan Rainforests, Springbrook National Park & Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
- Whale Watching Cruise
- Cave Creek Waterfall
- Dreamworld or Warner Brothers Movie Theme Park!
- 2 x Airport Transfers
- Accommodation, Meals, Mandarin Fluent Guide (subject to availability), Daily Transportation + Excursions
- Certificate of Contribution
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