Travel from urban cities to the Outback and see more of Australia in two weeks than many do in a lifetime. After a stop in Brisbane, fly to Cairns—the adventure capital of Australia and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef—where you can snorkel in a revered aquatic landscape. Then visit the Daintree, where the rainforest meets the reef. In the Outback, hike through canyons, swim in natural springs, explore Kata Tjuta, see iconic Uluru, and learn about Aboriginal culture. Bid Australia farewell among the landmarks of Sydney, including the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Students love snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, sunrise Camel Ride and Sydney
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|June 13 – June 28, 2023|
|July 18 – Aug. 2, 2023|
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
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.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.
- Photocopy of passport
- Wallet and money (USD or AUD)
- Book and/or journal
- iPod or MP3 player
- Change of clothes
- Water bottle
- Visa documentation (if applicable)
- Travel power adaptor
- Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
- Arrival instructions for Sydney
- Scuba certification card (if certified)
A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Socks (10)
- Underwear (15)
- Pants/capris (2)
- Jeans (2)
- Long, loose-fitting shorts for service project work. Something that provides coverage and protection while keeping you cool (1)
- Shorts (3)
- Tank Tops (3)
- T-shirts (8)
- Sweater/fleece (2)
- Warm jacket (fleece or puff)
- Bath towel
- Beach towel/sarong
- Rain jacket
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Sneakers/running shoes (1)
- Work gloves
(Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Oxybenzone-free sunscreen (reef-safe)
- Bug spray
- Contacts and solution
- Foam ear plugs
- Personal med kit
- Deodorant (no aerosols)
- Wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Razor/shaving cream
- Travel Pillow
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Portable games (Bananagrams, cards, etc.)
- Musical instrument (guitar etc)
Items Provided By Rustic Pathways in Australia
- Linens at accommodations
- Other activity-specific equipment