Pacific Discovery | Australia Summer Program
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Pacific Discovery | Australia Summer Program

Pacific Discovery takes a Gap Year!

Pacific Discovery will not be offering any programs in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019. After 18 years of running programs, we will be taking a gap year ourselves to focus on time with family and our own adventures. We will continue to offer our custom faculty-led high school and university trips.

Thank you for supporting Pacific Discovery and we wish you all the best for the year ahead.

Join our Australia summer program for an amazing 4-weeks down under in one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world.

You will get your fill of adventure with a myriad of exciting activities such as surfing, exploring the pristine white-sand beaches of Fraser Island, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, ocean rafting in the Whitsunday Islands, and canyoning in the Blue Mountains. Marvel at the breadth of unique wildlife you will see ranging from whales and turtles to koalas and kangaroos. Learn about Aboriginal culture and history and practice your boomerang and didgeridoo skills. Enjoy the vibrant cityscapes of Sydney, Brisbane, and Cairns.

We spend a week participating in a rewarding volunteer conservation project in Keppel Bay Islands National Park, where you will learn an enormous amount about Australia’s fascinating ecological, environmental, and socio-cultural history.

  • 3-day learn to surf safari at secluded coastal national parks
  • Rewarding service-learning conservation project in National Parks on the New South Wales Central Coast
  • 3-day 4WD and hiking safari exploring Fraser Island National Park
  • Outer-reef day trip, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef and experiencing its immense marine diversity
  • 3 nights on Magnetic Island – koalas, day hikes, beautiful beaches
Byron Bay
Sunshine Coast
Fraser Island
Great Barrier Reef
Program Tags
Adventure Travel
Cultural Exploration
Hands-On Learning
Post-High School
Study Abroad
Volunteer Abroad
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
Airport Transfers
Park Fees
Tour Guide
Travel Insurance
Primary Language
Age Min.
Age Max
Application Fee
Starting Price
Price Details
Program fee inclusions:
Visa (with optional group flight); All in-country travel and transport; All accommodation; More than two thirds of meals (see ‘meals’ above); All activities, excursions, entry fees and adventure travel as described in the itinerary; Week-long volunteer conservation project; Informal lectures from resident experts on conservation and eco-tourism; Experienced program leader/s and local guides; Online image library for your program. Refer information booklet for international flight options.

Questions & Answers

For the Australia Program (4 weeks), it is around 5,350 USD (not including the airplane tickets). It includes around 80% of the meals and all visits/activities, so maybe plan around 500$ more for this and other personal expenses.

Program Reviews

based on 16 reviews
  • Housing 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.8
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The Trip of a Lifetime!

I took a trip with Pacific Discovery in June 2014 and it was by far the best decision I ever made for myself! From the planning stage all the way to program completion, I was well guided every step of the way. The month was full of exploring the beautiful country of Australia while forming a close bond with my group. We still talk all the time and reminisce about the great memories last summer. Traveling to the other side of the world really threw me outside of my comfort zone because I didn't know anyone in my group before going. I learned so many new travel skills and discover so many qualities within myself that I didn't know I had. I learned to surf, rappelled down mountains, tried scuba diving, and even bungee jumped! I also got to learn about the culture and history of Australia along with its beautiful landscapes and animals. Since I am studying to be a veterinarian, interacting with so many unique animals was a once in a lifetime experience that I will cherish forever. All in all, you would be crazy to pass up this trip with Pacific Discovery. You won't regret it I promise!

How can this program be improved?

I honestly can't find one big problem with the program. Communication was great. Our leader was amazing. The housing was nice. I just wish I could've stayed longer honestly!

Yes, I recommend

About Pacific Discovery

Pacific Discovery gap year, semester and summer programs are experiential education programs, suitable for high school graduates, university students and recent graduates, developed with a focus on six core components: educational travel, service...