Experience unforgettable student travel experiences in Australia with Rustic Pathways! Rustic Pathways has student travel programs in 19 countries around the world. Did you know, though, that the first programs we ever ran were in Australia in 1983? We’ve been running Australia group tours for nearly 40 years!
We have deep roots within student travel in Australia. This has led to valuable partnerships and extensive local knowledge. Because of this, our domestic programs are truly unique. We have offices and bases near both Melbourne and Brisbane.
In addition to our school group tours, we offer open enrolment programs for high school students. Check out our Rustic Trips, Summer Sessions and Pathfinders programs. We also offer customised itineraries for private groups and families throughout the year. Our country director and managers have all travelled widely throughout this country. This has contributed to a deep knowledge of its people and environments. They use this knowledge to create incredible experiences for our students.
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You don’t need to take your students to the other side of the world to create powerful learning opportunities. Impactful, cross-cultural experiences can happen right here at home! Many Aussie students are only aware of a fraction of what this incredible country has to offer. On our Australia group tours students experience the geographic, cultural, social and biological diversity within their home country.
We custom-design our programs to meet your school’s requirements. Please contact us to discuss the type of experience you are looking for. See our page on School Group Tours for general information about setting up a program for your students.
Travel through the East Pilbara to develop a new understanding of Australia. Discover one of the world’s oldest living cultures. The Martu people lived a traditional life in the western deserts until the 1960’s. Provide enrichment activities for Martu children to support youth development and education. Explore diverse geographic landscapes. Hike the red-rock gorges of Karijini. Swim under waterfalls in turquoise pools. Snorkel with manta rays and turtles on the vibrant coral reefs of Ningaloo. Road trip ‘off the map’ through Western Australia.
Take a deep dive into Martu culture with Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ). KJ is one of Australia’s most respected Aboriginal organisations. Its focus is on building strong, sustainable communities. Camp out on country with Martu people and KJ. Learn about Martu culture, history, heritage, cooking, bush tucker and land management. Deepen your understanding of Australia through exposure to traditional and contemporary Martu life. Explore Karijini National Park. Swim in tranquil waterholes. Hike through spectacular gorges in a vibrant desert landscape.
An expedition of service and adventure in the East Kimberley. Travel in the footsteps of the original Rustic Pathways programs back in the 1980’s. Venture across the outback in a 4WD to discover the Kimberley. It’s a wild and remote region of waterfalls, cattle stations, kangaroos, dingoes and crocs. Support Aboriginal youth development projects. Contribute to social services through cooking meals for a women’s shelter. Learn about ancient Aboriginal culture through immersions and workshops. Build cultural bridges to lead our country towards reconciliation.
Set out on the ultimate challenge for body, mind, and soul. Maroon yourself on Rustic Island. This remote island is in the southern Great Barrier Reef, 45 nautical miles off the coast. It’s a 13-hectare coral cay surrounded by reef and lagoon. Challenge yourself physically and mentally. Learn survival skills, wilderness first aid and marine biology from specialist instructors. Gain deep insights through personal development workshops facilitated by The REACH Foundation. This is a truly unique, unforgettable experience of student travel in Australia.
Investigate some of Australia’s serious environmental issues. Venture into Far North Queensland on a trip to the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Meet with experts to gain insights and various perspectives on environmental issues. Travel with Dr Olaf, a renowned marine scientist who will ignite your passion for marine conservation. Snorkel, hike, swim and bike through some of Australia’s most magnificent environments.
Take a remote environmental service adventure into Cape York Peninsula. Work alongside indigenous rangers on various environmental service projects. Learn from them about Aboriginal culture and heritage. Night patrol along the beaches in search of turtles laying their eggs. Remove fishing nets from the nesting grounds. Record environmental data on turtles, wild pigs, and cane toads. Camp on a remote beach. Spot crocs, manta rays, and dingoes in a wild part of the country. You’ll be led by legendary Aussie guides.
A remote wilderness program perfect for students seeking field experience in environmental sciences. It’s hard to get any farther from civilisation than the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve. SIWR is a largely unexplored piece of land on the Cape York Peninsula. It’s where Australia Zoo conducts their biggest crocodile research program. Students on this program work with close friends of the Irwin Family. Look forward to hearing first hand tales of Steve’s adventures during his infamous croc hunting days!
Enjoy an action-packed service adventure on Australia’s east coast. Learn how to catch a wave from expert surf coaches. Surf some of the country’s best breaks between Noosa and Byron Bay. Volunteer helping out at primary schools. Spend a smile-filled afternoon supporting the Sunshine Coast Special Olympics basketball team. Cook meals for a charity that supports people experiencing homelessness. Support cross-generational projects at an aged care facility. Develop new skills and learn more about yourself while camping out at a farm. Explore the beautiful Glass House Mountains.
A one-of-a-kind conservation program at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo. Enjoy the ultimate backstage pass to one of the world’s top animal conservation destinations. Experience a day in the life of a zookeeper. Learn the basics of caring for a variety of native wildlife. See how they care for sick and injured animals at their world-class Wildlife Hospital. Utilise your new skills and knowledge supporting projects at a wildlife rehabilitation centre.
Explore the roles of women in Australian society through personal interviews. Research, meet and interview women from a cross-section of society. Learn about the significance of women in Australian society. Identify social, political and economic realities faced by women. Empower students through inquiry-based learning and service-learning. Support them to become active in social impact and enterprise. Foster empathy and compassion in students through connections with women from marginalised communities.
Everyone on our team plays an important role in delivering amazing travel experiences to our groups. However, it’s our program leaders who are the face of Rustic Pathways. After all, they are responsible for facilitating safe and transformative programs on the ground!
Our clients frequently tell us that their program leaders were the best part of their whole experience. They say that without them it wouldn’t have been the same. That’s because we reserve this role for truly unique and outstanding individuals.
Our program leaders come to us from many different backgrounds. Outdoor education. Youth mentoring. International development. Psychology. Marine biology. Each program leader brings unique experiences and perspectives to the programs that they lead.
It is essential that our program leaders are incredible role models for our students. We choose people who go above and beyond to create the best possible experience.
All of our program leaders regularly undergo extensive training. This ensures they maintain our high standards in safety, student learning and group experience.
Program leaders have the important responsibility of ensuring student safety. They are also tasked with facilitating life-changing experiences. They are skilled at helping students think critically about the world around them. Students finish our programs wanting to take action and contribute positively to society.
Our student travel in Australia takes advantage of our country’s gorgeous landscapes and natural wonders. You can also learn the ins-and-outs of one of our vibrant cities. See how locals live in different parts of Australia. Taking time to explore our home country will not disappoint!
Rustic Pathways has strong community service initiatives throughout Australia. We believe that impactful Australian student travel experiences should incorporate a service component. We support marginalised communities, assist with social services and contribute to environmental conservation projects. While many of the service programs offered by Rustic Pathways are located abroad, we also support Aussie students to get involved here at home. We are always developing new, exciting volunteer projects within Australia. Some of our service projects that you could support include:
There is so much we can learn from Indigenous Australians. Building cultural bridges is critical for our country to move forward together. An immersion with our indigenous peoples is essential for students to develop a deeper understanding of their country.
Learn about traditional languages, cultures, family structures and bush foods. Camp out on country with Indigenous elders.
We offer multiple different Aboriginal immersion experiences all around Australia, and had more information than we could fit here on our Student Travel Australia page. So, please find more information about our Indigenous Immersions here.
Adventure and challenge is inherent to every journey that offers students new experiences. Student travel Australia experiences should take students out of their comfort zones and encourage their growth. If you are looking to physically challenge your students through a specific activity, you may opt to include:
Explore the Great South West of Victoria, traverse Fraser Island or hike through Australia’s high country with our outdoor education leaders.
Sleep in a swag, cook over a campfire, learn how to crack a whip, and experience bush life camping in the Outback.
Learn to carve up the waves from expert coaches in a series of surf lessons on the Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay or Victorian Surf Coast.
Explore the coastline and marine environments of Byron Bay and the Gold Coast on sea kayak adventures.
Spend a morning discovering Brisbane city by bicycle while on a photography scavenger hunt, or explore Freycinet Peninsula in Tasmania on mountain bike!
Spend an afternoon testing your skills at a cable ski park in Sunshine Coast or Cairns where you can water-ski, wakeboard, or kneeboard around the lake.
Sail or cruise out to the magical Great Barrier Reef with marine biologists. With the world’s largest reef system as your classroom, there’s no limit to what you may learn. Snorkel – or scuba dive if you prefer – on a 1-7 day boat trip, giving you ample opportunity to spot fish, turtles, reef sharks, or even a dwarf minke whale!
Have the option of taking a skydive from 14,000 feet to see the Great Barrier Reef from the air! Or push your limits and take a leap off the bungee tower! There’s also the option to swing through the jungle on a giant swing – flying from 135 feet down to 3 feet in 3.5 seconds!
Hike through into the lesser-known sibling of Uluru. Kata Tjuta holds a wealth of surprises and beauty just waiting to be discovered.
The iconic red-rock monolith that is sacred to the Anangu people who’ve believed it was formed by ancestral beings during the Dreaming. We challenge groups who are up for it to walk all the way around the base!
Jump on an ex- South African military jet boat for the ride of a lifetime as you punch through waves on the Sunshine Coast.
Feel the power and speed at your feet as you sandboard down some of the largest sand dunes in Australia.
Spend a week on Rustic Island in the Great Barrier Reef learning survival skills and wilderness first aid.
There are various accommodation options that we can offer for student travel in Australia ; it depends on how “rustic” you would like your journey to be.
Our private property sleeping 30 students, set amongst 50 acres of temperate rainforest in the Glass House Mountains near the Sunshine Coast.
A variety of twin-share, bunk rooms and dormitories in cities and towns such as YHA accommodation.
Both tent and swag camping across Australia. Rustic provides camping gear for its groups, including off-road trailers in the Kimberley that are decked out for remote touring, and all necessary equipment for our Island Survival program.
Stay at an exclusive outback-themed farm near Noosa, a 250 acre private property where students learn natural horsemanship amongst a menagerie of animals.
Cabin accommodation at caravan parks and private lodges that provide comfortable facilities while students explore the surrounding region.
Join us on a remote island in the southern Great Barrier Reef that we’ve affectionately dubbed Rustic Island. Experience simple life in complete isolation from the outside world.
Please email us at email@example.com to start planning an Australian student travel program for your students. There is nothing too big, small, or out-of-the-box that we can’t handle.
We would be delighted to partner with your school to support the education of your students.