We begin our Aussie adventure in Sydney, a bustling metropolis and cultural capital of Australia. From our phenomenal lodging in the “Rocks” district of Sydney, we are welcomed to Australia by Sydney’s sights and stunning views! We begin the Australia's Best trip with a walking tour of the Sydney Harbor. Together, we explore the landmarks and sites of Sydney including the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbor Bridge. Next, we visit the iconic Australia Zoo, home to the best animals in Australia. On our last day in Sydney take the famous Manly Ferry under the Harbour Bridge and to the iconic Manly Beach where we spend the day surfing and enjoy a beach barbecue! We then take the train north to Byron Bay!
BRISBANE & FRASER ISLAND
Arriving at Byron Bay, Bold Earth has reached the surf capital of Australia! Byron Bay’s warm, candy blue water, white-sand beaches and perfect waves allow Bold Earth campers to master their surf skills. Using local, professional guides, we hang ten and look for the dolphins that are common along the beach. Entering Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Bold Earth campers experience the surf culture and natural beauty that is Brisbane. From Brisbane, Australia’s Best teen trip visits Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Two nights are spent camping on the beach, while exploring the beaches, rain forests and lakes by ATV. The perfect beaches and the perfect climate - Fraser Island is a highlight! Before traveling further north, Bold Earth spends a night at a rustic cattle station, experiencing the beauty of the outback and the hospitality of Australians!
SAIL WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS, AIRLIE BEACH & GREAT BARRIER REEF
Sailing on the Whitsunday Islands is incredible and one of Bold Earth’s most highly rated activities! We embark on a 3-day yacht sailing adventure from Mackay to Airlie Beach. Sailing through the pristine Whitsunday Islands, we snorkel in coral reefs, swim with sea turtles and enjoy the beauty of our 84ft boat. Bold Earth then travels by train to Cairns, spending a day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and rafting on the Tully River. This is an action-packed way to end Bold Earth's Australia's Best trip!
- Gold Mine & Sheep Station
- Byron Bay Surfing
- Fraser Island: World's Largest Sand Island
- Whitsunday Islands: Sailing
- Cooktown: Rainforest Experience
Buying Guide: The packing list above is mandatory for your trip; however, the linked items are just shopping recommendations. Backpacks, sleeping bags, and sleeping pads may also be purchased from an outdoor store that has tested gear for varied environments. More generic gear such as mess kits, duffel bags, etc. can be bought relatively inexpensive at Target, Walmart, etc. Feel free to find the gear that suits you and your budget best. The Bold Earth office welcomes and expects questions about packing and equipment!
Travel and Packing Tips: Don't worry about how your backpack is arranged right now. Once you arrive, your Trip Leaders will show you the most efficient way to pack your bag for a multi-day trip. If you have the space for it, a great idea for your airport and travel days is to pack your empty backpacking backpack into your duffel bag. This will reduce your checked bags from two to one.
Spending Money: Bring approximately $75 per week. For most campers this is more than enough. This is for personal expenses and gifts. Unless there is an emergency, Bold Earth will not advance money.
Identification: ID is required when checking in for flights. Bring along a picture ID, library card, school ID or state ID card. Your trip leader will be happy to hold any ID or important documents.
Helmets: Helmets are provided and required for rafting and ice climbing.
Laundry: We visit laundromats weekly. You will wash your own clothes, we provide the suds, coins and know-how. Many participants have identical jeans, socks, hiking boots, etc. A good practice is to put your name on items which are not unique to you.
Trip Journal: Bring along a notebook to record the challenges and successes of your adventure. Forest Service (“USFS”) and National Park Service (“NPS”): Bold Earth is required to notify all participants that, to the extent a court determines USFS and NPS restrictions on waivers of liability apply to Bold Earth as a matter of law, Bold Earth’s liability for negligence may not be waived while you are traveling on those affected lands.
Reading List: The people, places and activities you will encounter on your trip are diverse and incredible. These are a few books offering background information. We suggest you consider reading these books before, during or after your adventure. Also, you might like to read Outside Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Climbing Magazine, Rock & Ice or Trilogy Magazine, available everywhere. For additional adventurous reading, check out Extreme Classics: The 100 Greatest Adventure Books of All Time
Australia has the best beaches, reefs, adventures and culture. 18 days to wake up each day to say ‘G’day’ to Bold Earth’s best snorkeling, beach and adventure trip. WOW!
• 18 Days • Action Packed • Liveaboard Sailboat • 3 Surf Lessons • Incredible Snorkeling • Rural & Authentic Australia • Koala & Kangaroo • Beach Summer
Australia is a land of natural wonders, with crystal blue Pacific Ocean waters, vibrant coral reefs, ancient rain forests, unbelievable wildlife, waterfalls, and secluded beaches. Bold Earth experiences Australia to the fullest. Bold Earth’s Australia Teen Trip is an incredible balance, of adventure, leadership, culture, and FUN!
Some AWESOME Highlights: • Sydney Opera House & Harbor Cruise • Surf Famous Byron Bay • Whitsunday Islands: 3 Day Sailing • Sea Kayak Cape Tribulation • Fraser Island: Kayak & Snorkel • Experience the Australian Outback • Aboriginal Cultural Immersion • Waterfall & Rainforest Treks • Explore Daintree Rainforest • Enjoy Sydney & Cairns • Koalas, Kangaroos and MORE • Service Project in the Rainforest
Bold Earth spends countless hours securing incredible, safe and amazing accommodations for Australia’s. Our accommodations vary from award winning hostels to beautiful beach cabins.YES, you will be comfortable!
Breakdown: • Hostels: 12 nights • Sailboat – 2 nights • Beach/Farm Cabin – 3 night
Hostels: Bold Earth carefully selects hostels for Australia’s Best. We always stay in private rooms with bunk beds – boys in one room, girls in another. Staying in hostels allows the group to stay in the city and fully explore the sights! The hostels have kitchens, allowing the group to cook meals together!
Sail Boat: While sailing on the Whitsunday Islands, we stay on a liveaboard boat. Living on the boat allows campers to snorkel, kayak and experience incredible beaches. Meals are cooked for us and the beds are comfortable – all we have to do is enjoy the sun and sand. Campers sleep in private rooms with beds. The boat is very comfortable.
Beach/Farm Cabin: Wow! Staying at at beach cabin in Northern Queensland or at the Cattle Station, we watch the sunrise over the Pacific and have beach bonfires. At the farm, we eat delicious food, work hard and experience the authentic culture of rural Australia. A cool rustic cabin with modern facilities. Campers enjoy the ocean views and the quiet!
Australia’s Best is a carefully crafted trip. Where, how and why we pick each night’s lodging is why you select and put your trust in Bold Earth and we honor that trust.
6 Hours of Community Service
Community Service is an important part of the Australia’s Best trip. Bold Earth partners with a Cairns non-profit organization to help revitalize areas that have been damaged by agriculture or development.
Toting our shovels and gloves, we give back to the community by planting native trees. By digging, planting, and watering, we get to meet local Australians, help the environment, and contribute to the community.
Also, campers give back in an Aboriginal village – helping on a project. Usually campers teach at a local school or help to repaint a community building.
Bold Earth food is awesome! YES, the food will be healthy, delicious, local, and fun. Bold Earth emphasizes eating locally – this means learning to about Australian cuisine and visiting grocery stores – WOW! Yes, we will enthusiastically accommodate vegetarians, gluten free, kosher, allergies and most special diets.
Campers play hard all day and need to eat a lot! Campers will learn new recipes, cook in kitchens in the Hostels and eat out at various good local restaurants. Most special diets, allergies and food preferences can absolutely be accommodated. There will always be plenty of delicious and nutritious food options – the quality of food and the experience of cooking is often a highlight of a Bold Earth trip!
Small group size = SUCCESS!
• Maximum of 13 incredible and enthusiastic campers • 2 adult trip leaders (at least 1 male and 1 female)
Group size matters! A small group puts YOU right in the center of the action and success. Australia’s will include a maximum of 13 Campers and 2 Adult Trip Leaders. You should expect knowledgeable and experienced guides to make the trip safer and 100% solid.
Small groups allow campers to embrace culture, cooking, leadership and responsibility. This is the RIGHT way to do Australia!
Kangaroos, Koala Bears, Emu, Cockatoos and thousands of marine species. YES, bring your cameras!
A continent, a country or an island? All of the above!
Bordered by water on all sides, Australia is a large, diverse and beautiful country and continent. The world’s sixth largest country has 24 million people… Safe to say, a lot of Australia is pure nature! With world class cities, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns, Australia is perfect for adventure and sightseeing!
Since at least 40,000 years BEFORE British settlement, Australia was inhabited by indigenous people scattered all across the vast continent. Dutch explorers and British colonials discovered Australia for the western world in the 1600s and helped make Australia the place it is today. Still part of the British Commonwealth, Australia is an independent country with a parliamentary democracy.
Australian culture has been primarily influenced by Western culture; however, some remnants of indigenous Australia hold roots throughout the country. Whether through food, sports, arts or media Australian culture thrives!
Australia’s Best campers travel by private vans driven by experienced trip leaders and guides. Also, Australia’s Best includes a train journey to Cairns. This is epic! All travel is carefully planned and coordinated to maximize activities & culture and minimize time spent in the van.
Perfect! Weather in Australia will be between 60°-90°F (15°- 30°C). Warmer in the North than in the South, our days are filled with sunshine
CLICK: Australia’s Best Packing List for a carefully detailed description of exactly what to bring.
Give Bold Earth a call at 303-526-0806 if you have any questions. A Bold Earth trip advisor is are always available to help.
Yes, approximately 85% of our campers come to Bold Earth on their own. Many love to get away from it all and experience a brand new summer with new friends and new adventures.
Some students want to share this experience with a friend and that is absolutely fine, but Bold Earth will not accept more than 3 students who know each-other in one group. The bonds and friendships that you take away from Bold Earth will absolutely be highlight of your summer!
YES, a valid passport is required to enter Australia.
For USA students, an electronic Visa is mandatory to enter Australia. We have all the information you need plus step by step instructions on how to obtain the Visa. VERY EASY!
Yes! Australia’s Best and all Bold Earth trips are designed to be combined. If you are interested in combining Australia’s Best with a particular trip, please contact our Colorado office at 303-526-0806 for more information! A Bold Earth Trip Advisor will handle all the arrangements to create an incredible summer for you!
Since 1976 over 16,000 students from all 50 US states and 55 countries have joined Bold Earth! We encourage you to contact our alumni directly to find out about the quality of our leaders, depth of programing and what a summer with Bold Earth is really like. We want careful and selective families to choose Bold Earth.
Our offerings are only as good as the families who choose Bold Earth Adventures. Our target student is responsible, informed and enthusiastic. To receive a list of references call us in Colorado at 303- 526-0806 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention the trip you are interested and where you live.
I MET FRIENDS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!
Australia's Best was an amazing experience. I met friends from all over the world and had adventures I could have only imagined before. I would like to thank Bold Earth and my Trip Leaders for this incredible summer!
PARENTS, Joe-Anne & Norman: We were extremely happy with the entire Bold EArth process. Australia's Best was easy and low-stress as far as the paperwork, bookings and trip preparation. The notifications and updates were helpful prior to the trip. (Trip Leader) Henry's telephone communications were really appreciated. Taylor expressed to us how motivating and enthusiastic Henry was during the entire trip. Australia’s Best was a fantastic experience for Taylor and will continue to have a positive impact on her life
I had so much fun meeting new people, becoming best friends, and experiencing new things in Australia! I am definitely going to do another Bold Earth trip next year!
PARENTS, Nicol & Alan: Henry (Trip Leader) was really on top of everything, especially when the inbound flight was delayed. We found everything professionally run and well done.
NEW EXPERIENCES, RICH CULTURE!
Australia's Best was very well organized and very well led by the group leader Amy. Every day brought new experiences, above all concerning the rich nature of Australia. But also the atmosphere under the teenagers was great. Also being a non-native English speaker, Patrick never felt alone or excluded and met other teenagers from the U.S. and Australia in a good way.
BEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE!
I have to say this was the best summer of my life thanks to Bold Earth. The time in Australia has definitely been a part of my life that I will never forget. I went to a high school where everybody's main interest was being popular. I had other dreams, and I absolutely love to travel. When my mom told me she would send me to Australia with Bold Earth I was ecstatic. This is such a wonderful company and I will tell recommend Bold Earth to every parent because the trip leaders are great role models for teens. My trip leader was awesome and gave me a ton of advice on life. I am very lucky to say that I've had a wonderful experience with Bold Earth. Thank you so much.
PARENTS, Jayne & Wayne: I am so glad my daughter, Kelly, was able to participate in your Australia trip. Kelly had the best time and I was grateful for the frequent blogs to keep me informed. The trip was so well organized and the whole team was so kind and helpful the whole way through. Kelly had the trip of a lifetime! She was so excited to go and I'm still getting tidbits regarding the wonderful experiences that she had. If Kelly was younger, we would definitely be planning next years trip. I want to thank each and everyone one of you for helping Kelly grow and experience life for those two weeks. She will never forget it. Keep up the excellent work.
PARENTS, Gail & Alain: Dennis had a fabulous time on your Australia trip! We enjoyed all the pictures and updates through the website. The staff at your home office was always friendly and helpful.
FULL OF ADVENTURE!
Australia’s Best was a fantastic experience thanks to Bold Earth. Every day of these two weeks were different, full of adventure (really) and a great time. We did so many incredible things that I will never forget!
PARENTS, Pierre: We are very impressed by the precision of Bold Earth. Our whole family followed Sarah Lou’s adventures on the blog day by day!!! Thank you for all.
The Australia's Best trip was a life-changing experience. I loved every minute of the trip and I will always remember it and the people I met through Bold Earth.
PARENTS, Julie: Nick had a great time. I trust Bold Earth with my child and I know that he will be in good hands.
PARENTS, Cynthia & Jeffrey: Another fantastic trip by Bold Earth. Chloe had a great time in Australia. She bonded well with the other campers and shared her experiences with friends and family upon her return. We're thrilled that she has an opportunity to explore the world in a safe and supportive environment. We will certainly look into another trip for her next year.
I had such an amazing time on this trip. I will definitely recommend it to all my friends!
PARENTS, Laura & John: Everything about Australia’s Best, from the first phone call to picking up Riley at the airport on her return, was great. It was a trip that Riley will remember for a lifetime.
Travel Made Easy!
- Fly Together: Our goal is to fly together as a group. All students are met upon arrival and families are called immediately from the airport.
- We recommend participants book flights three months before departure. Booking around April 1st allows the Bold Earth team to guarantee low fares and maximum coordinated group flights.
- Combine 2 Trips: Many Bold Earth participants combine Bold Earth trips. Call or e-mail our office for more information.