Australia Quest

Ages 14-17
Service Hours 15+

Australia Quest Highlights

  • Tour Sydney and its iconic sites
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore Daintree Rainforest
  • Overland tour of Northern Territory and Uluru

Australia Quest Details

With its iconic cityscapes and legendary wilderness, Australia offers an unending list of beauty, activities, and experiences. Climb Harbor Bay Bridge today and a trail leading to a refreshing swimming hole the next. And after that, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef before heading into Australia’s rainforest for a canopy tour. Australia has it all, and in our Australia Quest you’ll experience it in 14 action-packed days. Community service is an essential component along the way. Service activities include volunteering with specialized rehabilitation centers for sea turtles and flying foxes.

Activities on this adventure

Snorkel Great Barrier Reef

Explore Northern Territory

Discover Hidden Springs

Hike Daintree Rainforest

Tour Sydney

On Every Zeal Adventure

At Zeal we hold safety, growth, friendships, service, and fun as our core beliefs. These are reflected in all our trips, so rest assured you could only make a good choice when you decide to go on a Zeal trip. Our leaders are seasoned, trained, and equipped to keep you safe on your adventure. Our itineraries are incredibly fun and offer you the opportunity to grow into your best self. Each trip will have 15-25 hours of meaningful community service. Finally, we encourage you to live the adventure with your friends, old and new! At Zeal, we allow both groups of friends and individuals to sign up for a trip.


Day 1, 2, and 3: Arrival and Forming

We all meet up at JFK airport, and depart together on a single group reservation. During our layover in L.A. we take time to do ice breakers and get to know each other. While we fly we cross the international dateline, propelling us into the future. Upon arrival, it’s the morning of June 26th! The group will head to our accommodations to settle in and freshen up. A morning arrival means we can hit the beach immediately and get rejuvenated after our flight.

Day 4: G'Day

Like every Zeal trip, the beginning is dedicated to getting to knowing each other, the trip, and amazing new location. Today we spend time learning about each other while enjoying a city tour and sight seeing.

Day 5: Bondi to Coogee

In the morning we check out Bondi beach and the Coogee trail. There are plenty of spots along the walk for swim stops and photo ops. In the afternoon, we check out the world famous Sydney Opera House.

Day 6: Sydney Zoo

This zoo is home to hundreds of fascinating animals from kangaroos to Tasmanian devils. Learn about them all while exploring this incredible zoo.

Day 7: Harbor Bay Bridge

The bridge crossing over Harbor Bay is another iconic landmark, and is also our first stop for thrill. We have the chance to climb all the way to the top of the bridge, giving us unrivaled views of the city and Pacific Ocean.

Day 8: Alice Springs

After four days in Sydney, our adventure takes a turn to Northern Territory. We fly into the gateway town of Alice Springs where we begin our adventure in the Australian Outback. The outback is a vast and arid landscape of red rock and soil, however it’s home to a smattering of refreshing waterholes. Today we explore Ellery Creek make a splash in its waters.

Day 9: Uluru Rock

Rising into this desert landscape is a massive rock named Uluru. It’s a sacred place for the Yankunytjatjara and Pitjantjatjara people. It’s fabled beginnings are that it was bestowed upon the land by their ancestors. Today we walk around the monolith, learning from park guides about the people, place, stories, and history.

Day 10: Travel to Cairns

After a late wake up and breakfast, we fly to the Northeast coastal city of Cairns. The city gains us access to the world’s largest reef, the Great Barrier Reef as well as the Daintree Rainforest.

Day 11: The Great Barrier Reef

In the morning we climb aboard the boat that will take us to the world’s best snorkeling. On the ride out we learn about reef systems, marine biology and conservation, and receive our pre-snorkel briefing from the snorkel guides. Today is a day you will never forget!

Day 12: Daintree Rainforest

Today we explore the world’s oldest rainforest. During this four hour trek through the jungle you have the chance to see rare flora and fauna, and hear from local guides about everything from legends to geology.

Day 13: Travel to Sydney

We take a short flight back to Sydney where our journey began! Today is our last full day in this magical country, so we spend our time packing, celebrating with our final dinner, and picking up any last souvenirs.

Day 14: Travel Home

It’s hard to believe the trip is coming to a close! Today we return home, flying stateside with our trip leaders and friends.

Travel Dates

Australia Quest

What’s Included

Trip tuition covers all activities, food, accommodations, in-trip travel, gear, and fees associated with parks and other destinations. Please note trip tuition excludes travel expenses to and from program. Participants are encouraged to bring $100-200 of pocket money for optional purchases like souvenirs and gifts.

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