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Programs in Australia

Programs in Australia

Student Travel Programs in Australia

The magical Land Down Under occupies a special place in our history as the origin of the first Rustic Pathways program in 1983. As Rustic has grown across the world, Australia has remained at the heart of our operations, thanks to the tireless efforts of our energetic and expert Aussie staff. Whether on adventure or service trips, these blokes and sheilas bring with them years of expertise, knowledge, and a strong pride in their wild homeland.

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Beaches, countryside, rainforests and farm life in the Outback on this service adventure.

Details:
$4,895 plus Airfare
Age 12-13
16 Days
0 Service Hours
Australia
Accomodation Amenities
Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel
Most Service

Animal conservation at Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo

Details:
$4,895 plus Airfare
Age 15-18
16 Days
30 Service Hours
Australia
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Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel
Most Adventure

The ultimate journey through the landscapes of the land Down Under

Details:
$5,995 plus
Age 14-18
16 Days
15 Service Hours
Australia
Accomodation Amenities
Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel
Most Comfortable

Swim with whales and dive the Great Barrier Reef on a once-in-a-lifetime aquatic adventure

Details:
$9,495 plus
Age 15-18
16 Days
15 Service Hours
Australia
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Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel

The quintessential Rustic adventure in the remote Australian Outback

Details:
$4,995 plus
Age 14-18
16 Days
15 Service Hours
Australia
Accomodation Amenities
Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel

Inspiring service, great surfing, and unforgettable Aussie adventure

Details:
$4,895 plus Airfare
Age 14-18
16 Days
25 Service Hours
Australia
Accomodation Amenities
Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel

The ultimate challenge for body, mind, and soul

Details:
$5,295 plus
Age 14-18
16 Days
20 Service Hours
Australia
Accomodation Amenities
Adventure/Physicality
Educational Amenities
On-Program Travel

The ultimate journey through the landscapes of the land Down Under

Details:
$5,995 plus
Age 18-21
16 Days
15 Service Hours

Novice and experienced travelers alike will find themselves in awe of Australia. While some come for our beaches, reefs, and wildlife, others seek the dramatic gorges and red dirt of the Outback. In a country that’s nearly the size of the United States, yet with only 23 million people, it’s not hard to escape the crowds and find true adventure. – Sam Murray, Australia Country Director

Quote by: Sam joined Rustic Pathways in 2008 after working in outdoor education for 10 years. He serves as director for both inbound and outbound operations in Australia. With education degrees from La Trobe and Monash universities, Sam’s passion for travel and love of the outdoors inspires him to provide life-shaping programs for students. Sam loves sharing adventures with people and is proud to show off his beautiful country. He lives near Melbourne with his wife and three young girls.

Meet the Rest of Team Australia

Tracey Murray

Australia Community Impact Manager

Tracey joined Rustic Pathways in 2008 after nearly a decade of teaching and surfing professionally. A natural educator who believes in developing the intellectual and physical capacities of all students, Tracey is passionate about inspiring students to live healthy, active lives with a strong sense of purpose. She manages our community service partnerships in Australia to maintain relationships and ensure our students are empowered to positively impact lives through responsible travel.

Alejandro Romero

Australia Country Manager

With a degree in business and tourism management, Alejo has been an integral part of the Rustic Pathways team since 2011. Originally from Colombia, he now lives in Australia where he manages our operations across Australia. With a unique Spanish twist to his new-found Aussie accent, Alejo brings an exciting blend of cultures to our leadership team.

Melanie Ward

Australia Outback Operations Manager

Melanie has been working with Rustic Pathways since 2014 and now manages our Outback Operations. She grew up in the East Kimberley of Western Australia, spending her childhood flying in helicopters, riding horses and wrestling crocodiles. Melanie’s strong leadership skills and adventurous personality make her a wonderful role model for students and an exceptional manager.

Katie Newman

Group Travel Manager

A Brit / American raised in Switzerland, Brunei and the United States, Katie holds a bachelor’s in Public Relations from the University of Florida. After four years of backpacking the world, working and traveling, she moved to Melbourne where she now resides. Her passions for adventure, people and wanting to teach others about travel have led her to Rustic Pathways. She has been a Program Leader in Fiji and is now Group Travel Manager for the Australian division.