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Epic Outback

Epic Outback

This is how it all began for Rustic, 35 years ago. In 2018 we’re staying true to our roots and inviting YOU to go rustic on this two-week service adventure!Travel in 4WDs, drive through rivers, discover gorges, swim in hot springs, bask under waterfalls, and see jumping crocodiles! Camp under the stars like you’ve never seen before. Get to know Aboriginal kids through cultural exchange. Help rehabilitate sick and injured wildlife. Hang out amongst kangaroos, wallabies, birds, cows and horses on a working cattle ranch. Learn from local Aboriginals how to throw a boomerang, play the didgeridoo and throw spears. This is Rustic Pathways Australia. Since 1983.

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With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may 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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No-Stress Travel Guarantee!

With our No-Stress Travel Guarantee, you may 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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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.

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.

Rustic Gear. Want to get all your shopping done for your program in one place? We’ve got you covered. Check out Rustic Gear and get all the essentials sent right to your door.
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 wheeled bag is ideal for this program.

Clothes

  • Socks (8)
  • Underwear (15)
  • Pants/capris (2)
  • Jeans (2)
  • Long shorts (2)
  • Shorts (2)
  • Tank Tops (3)
  • T-shirts (8)
  • Long sleeved shirt (1)
  • Sweater/fleece (2)
  • Pajamas
  • Swimsuit
  • Bath towel
  • Beach towel/sarong
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Sneakers/running shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (for hot weather)
  • Work gloves

 

Toiletries

(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

Miscellaneous

  • Sleeping bag for camping
  • Travel Pillow
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Single fitted sheet (to cover your swag mattress)

 

Optional

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

Items Provided By Rustic Pathways in Australia

  • Swag bed for sleeping in outback
  • Tent and sleeping mat for camping
  • Other activity-specific equipment