Pacific Discovery | Australia Summer Program

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Sunset and silhouette dreams on North Keppel Island during our volunteering period
Snorkeling on the Whitsunday Beaches, Airlie Beach Australia.
One of the first few days: Sydney Opera House!
The huge sand dunes of Fraser Island.
Rappelling and scrambling with the group in the Blue Mountains.


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

Scholarships available for Fall 2019 programs!

We have a few partial scholarships available for students for our Fall 19 programs! We're looking for students who are savvy with a camera to create compelling content/those who love writing blogs. If you're 17-24, creative and looking to broaden your horizons with an overseas semester/gap year program from Sept-Nov 19-please email us with: name, age, phone number, why you think you'd be a great candidate and what program you're interested in.

Questions & Answers

24 years
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.


based on 16 reviews
  • Housing 9.1
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.5
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.8
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Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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!
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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...