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Australia is the perfect destination for young explorers. Fly direct from Los Angeles to Brisbane and discover magnificent beaches, countryside and rainforest through service and adventure. Visit Australia  Zoo, experience farm life, learn to surf, sandboard and snorkel—this is an action packed program! Along the way, help at a wildlife rehabilitation center and an elementary school to meet Aussie students.

Dates listed reflect travel time departing from and returning to the USA. International clients click here.

You must enroll in a program at least 8 days prior to the scheduled departure date. For help choosing an alternate date or location, please contact us to speak with a program expert.

With our No-Stress Travel Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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Program Profile


  • Day 1

    Australia, here we come!

    Depart Los Angeles for Brisbane in the evening on our escorted group flight. Get to know the rest of your group during this 14-hour flight before arriving Down Under.

  • Day 2 - 3

    Welcome to Australia

    Fly across the international dateline and arrive in Brisbane, where Rustic Pathways’ on-ground Australian staff will welcome you. Transfer to our beautiful Glass House Mountains Service Base, nestled in the bush and rainforest about an hour north of Brisbane and 40 minutes from the coast. Head out to walk up to a lookout point for magnificent sunset views from the mountains to the coast with your new friends.

  • Day 4

    Visit Australia Zoo and Wildlife Hospital

    Spend the day exploring Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo, which is just 20 minutes from our service base in the mountains. Pet kangaroos, watch the awesome croc show, check out dingoes, make friends with koalas, and more. Finish your day with a visit the Zoo’s Animal Hospital and interact with the famous Wildlife Warriors, a conservation nonprofit founded by the Irwins.

  • Day 5

    Market Mecca, Noosa, and a Taste of the Outback

    Explore the famous Eumundi Market, one of Australia’s largest outdoor markets and a vibrant mecca for shoppers on the hunt for unique Aussie souvenirs. Grab your beach towel and bathing suit after a morning of bargain hunting and travel to Noosa, one of Australia’s most famous stretches of sand. Head to the Rustic Pathways farm camp—250 acres of bush that makes it one of the most magical spots in the region. Arrive before dark to meet our legendary hosts Richard and Ria before venturing out for a nighttime adventure.

  • Day 6

    Experience Life on an Outback Farm

    Wake up at a traditional Australian farm to kangaroos grazing in the paddock and kookaburras sitting in the gum trees. Help with a range of farm duties from horse-handling to livestock feeding. After eating a famous kangaroo burger for lunch, split into teams for our “bush challenge” where you’ll compete in some classic Australian activities like throwing a boomerang, playing the didgeridoo, and cooking damper over the fire. Sleep in a traditional Australian swag.

  • Day 7

    Jet Boat and Learn to Surf!

    Head back to the coast where you’ll take a jet boat cruise around the headlands in search of dolphins and turtles. Learn to surf or enhance your skills with tips from expert Aussie surf coaches and you’ll be catching waves before you know it. Settle into our beach house for two nights by the coast.

  • Day 8

    Continue Surfing and Learn New Watersports

    Continue your surf lessons and perfect your style for a few hours before heading to a local bakery for a lamington. Spend your afternoon at the cable watersports park kneeboarding, waterskiing, or wakeboarding.

  • Day 9

    Serve at a Local School and Organic Farm

    Assist teachers at a local school with the art lessons, helping at the preschool or in a special needs classroom. Play cricket and other outdoor games with Aussie kids during break times. Spend the afternoon meeting local farmers who produce Australia’s finest vegetables, pineapples, strawberries, macadamia nuts, and avocados. Learn about sustainable farming practices, help farmers with their daily tasks, and pick some fruit and vegetables you’ll use for a cooking challenge at the base house tonight.

  • Day 10 - 11

    Wildlife Service Projects

    Support grassroots wildlife caretakers in rural Queensland by helping clean enclosures and bottle feeding kangaroo joeys, in addition to learning about other Aussie animals like echidnas.

  • Day 12 - 14

    Sandboard, Snorkel, and Feed Wild Dolphins

    Take a ferry to Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island where you’ll snorkel above a shipwreck, play a friendly game of beach volleyball, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. Take a 4×4 bus to the sand dunes sandboard down the golden slopes. Learn about Tangalooma’s world-renowned dolphin research and watch at dusk as a family of wild dolphins swims into the shallows where you’ll feed them.

  • Day 15

    Brisbane Bound

    Catch the ferry to Brisbane where you’ll take a bike tour along the river, through the botanic gardens, and around the city to experience the sights of Brisbane. Stroll along the esplanade, stop for lunch, and head to Queensland Museum and Science Centre and Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Shop for some last-minute Aussie souvenirs, check into a hostel, and have your dinner to celebrate your group’s final night in Australia.

  • Day 16

    Return Home

    Say goodbye to new friends and prepare for your your morning flight home from Brisbane.

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email australia@rusticpathways.com

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Below is your packing list, and for those of you looking for some extra guidance on what to bring, check out the packing guide for this program.

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Carry-On Luggage

A small backpack is ideal as it will be used for day trips.

  • Passport
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Wallet and money (USD or AUD)
  • Book and/or journal
  • Pen
  • Phone
  • Camera
  • iPod or MP3 player
  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Medication
  • Visa documentation (if applicable)
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Travel power adaptor
  • Consent to Travel form
  • Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
  • Arrival instructions for Brisbane

Checked Luggage

One medium-size duffle bag or roller bag with wheels is ideal for this program.


  • Socks (10)
  • Underwear (15)
  • Pants/capris (2)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Long shorts (1)
  • Shorts (1)
  • Tank Tops (3)
  • T-shirts (6)
  • Sweater/fleece (2)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sneakers/running shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Work gloves


(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Face wash
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Contacts and solution
  • Foam ear plugs
  • Personal med kit
  • Deodorant (no aerosols)
  • Wet wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Razor/shaving cream


  • Sleeping bag for camping
  • Travel Pillow
  • Headlamp with spare batteries


  • Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
  • Musical instrument (guitar, etc.)
  • Wetsuit and surfboard

Items Provided By Rustic Pathways in Australia

  • Linens at base house
  • Swag bed for staying at Farm Camp
  • Tent and sleeping mat for camping
  • Surfboards and wetsuits for surfing
  • Other activity-specific equipment