Day 01: August 10, 2019 - Explore the Great Barrier Reef
After breakfast at the hotel, depart with your local guide on your Ocean Freedom cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef. Take a glass bottom boat tour around the crystal clear blue shallow waters surrounding Upolu Cay Reef. Ocean Freedom is the first boat to arrive, so you can enjoy this pristine area uninterrupted! Surrounded by stunning turquoise water and many types of corals, reef fishes, stingrays, cucumbers and sea stars, this is a great introduction to the reef. You can snorkel and dive here: all necessary assistance is provided to ensure every guest can enjoy the reef. On occasion the water may be shallow enough to allow landing on the Cay itself—on other days you can stand in ankle to knee deep water and capture images of you appearing to stand in the middle of the ocean! Some days the cay may be totally submerged but still have the beautiful crystal clear shallow waters to snorkel in.


Lunch will be served buffet style today during your explorations.


You will be amazed and impressed at the “Wonder Wall” on the Outer Edge of Upolu Reef. Rising 14 meters from the ocean floor, “Wonder Wall” plateaus just 0.5m – 1m under the surface (depending on the tide), making it an ideal snorkel and dive site. View many different types of hard and soft coral, in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles and a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes, including Nemos everywhere!

Enjoy an informative adventure drift snorkel tour with your Marine Naturalist. Order of destinations will be chosen by your skipper on the day to maximize your enjoyment of each area. The crew will serve a sumptuous selection of tropical fruit, cheese, crackers and a decadent cake platter on your sail back to the harbor—the ultimate way to wind down after a magical day on the one and only Great Barrier Reef! Arrive back into Cairns around 4:30 pm. You will be provided with flotation vests, mask, snorkel and fins to maximize the experience. Float gently in the waters, admiring the amazing variety of colorful corals and marine life beneath you.


OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: Should you wish to experience diving either as a first time diver (intro dive) or certified dive, these can be arranged for an additional fee. 


Dinner is on your own this evening.


Overnight:  Pacific Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 02: August 11, 2019 - Aquarium Educational Experience 

​After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the Aquarium of Cairns with your local guide (10 minute walk from the hotel). As the only aquarium in the world dedicated exclusively to the habitats and species of tropical North Queensland, the Cairns Aquarium connects visitors with the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics, the Gulf Savannah and Cape York regions. With over 15,000 animals and unique opportunities to move up close to some of the world’s most fascinating, elusive or deadly creatures, every visit is unforgettable.


You will meet an educator from the aquarium for a guided 2 hour tour to learn more about the protection of animals, the ecosystem, the reefs. The educator can adapt to guest’s interest and is knowledgeable about the unique habitats in the area like the river and creek systems, tropical rainforests, mangroves and Great Barrier Reef.

You will return to the hotel for the remainder of the day to explore independently with lunch on your
own arrangement.


​Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant this evening.​
Overnight:  Pacific Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 3: August 12, 2019 - Time to say goodbye
Say goodbye to Australia and all of your new friends! Your guide will accompany you to the local airport for your flight back to Los Angeles. 


Meals: Breakfast


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

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You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed Music Education Journeyto Australia. Enjoy the unique culture and traditions of Australia, home to the world’s oldest surviving culture, while you spend time with the locals. Experience meaningful interaction and collaboration with a focus on music education curriculum, discussions on access to band and choral classes in Australian schools, and an exchange of knowledge with local music educators. Explore the traditional music of Australia while meeting with teachers in the Aboriginal communities. Exchange knowledge and discuss challenges in education with colleagues in public and private schools and universities in Sydney. Take part in an Aboriginal art workshop to paint your own boomerang under the guidance of acclaimed Aboriginal artist, Brian “Binna” Swindley. A highlight will be insight into indigenous art history and techniques along with stories about the Aboriginal people. Take part in a dreamtime gorge walk through the rainforest along easy graded tracks, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides will demonstrate traditional plant use, share dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings, and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationships within this unique environment. Cross a visit to the Sydney Opera House off your bucket list with a private backstage tour behind the scenes. Revel in your explorations of iconic sites in both Sydney and Cairns—including the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Bondi Beach, Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas—and see local animals including kangaroo, crocodile, and koala.  

GREAT BARRIER REEF - Optional Post Extension See details below

Day 01 & 02: Depart for Australia
Depart from Los Angeles and make your way to Sydney, Australia. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! You will lose a day as you cross the International Date Line. 


Day 03: Sydney - Arrival & Welcome
Upon arrival, you will be met by your local guide who will travel with you throughout this program. Transfer to your local hotel where early check-in has been confirmed for your comfort.

This afternoon the group will depart the hotel for your lunch cruise. Your personal captain & host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbor and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbor Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbor, aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Kick back, relax and marvel at the incredible views and enjoy a delightful BBQ lunch.!

Return to your hotel for an afternoon orientation and welcome. The Vibe Hotel is right in the middle of some of Sydney’s finest cuisine, with cafés, restaurants and trendy bars all being within walking distance. Guest rooms have a hairdryer, safe, iron & board, tea & coffee facilities and the hotel has a rooftop pool.

Dinner is at the hotel allowing for an early evening and a chance for a good night’s sleep!


Overnight:  The Vibe Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Lunch, Dinner


Day 04: Sydney - Cultural Exploration Blue Mountains

After breakfast the group will depart for the ultimate scenic experience in Katoomba, Australia’s World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Your explorations will include unlimited rides on the railway, skyway, cableway and access to the walkway.

Your first stop today will be to see one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native wildlife at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Enjoy a walking tour to get up close and personal with the koalas or feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu.

Continue onward to the Blue Mountains with some scenic lookout stops in route. On arrival you will glide between cliff tops and gaze at the rainforest canopy through the glass floor of the scenic skyway, which is suspended 270 meters above the ancient ravines. Discover the thrill of a 52-degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the scenic railway. This unforgettable experience offers glass-roofed carriages with expansive views of the rainforest and Jamison Valley. Stroll along the tranquil scenic walkway of the ancient rainforest on the valley floor.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant today.

After your return to Sydney you will have some time to rest with dinner on your own. 

Overnight:  The Vibe Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 













Day 05: Sydney - Professional Exchange
Professional members of the program will interact with your professional counterparts this morning and early afternoon for substantive meetings at public or private school like the Sydney Grammar School as well as the University of Sydney.  

Accompanying guests  will enjoy a unique guided shopping experience which will include a visit to the Queen Victoria Building. Built in the 1890s it was erected as a Municipal Market on the scale of a Cathedral. The QVB was beautifully restored and re-opened in 1986, and quickly became Sydney's most popular and prestigious shopping centre.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

After lunch the group will take part in a humanitarian or social project. Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey. This will include visiting a local non-profit or other humanitarian organization in Sydney that dedicates their time and resources to helping the local people.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

**For those interested, your guide can coordinate an unforgettable twilight or night Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb (additional expense). **
Overnight: The Vibe Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Sydney - Professional Exchange & Cultural Exploration
Early this morning the group will head out for your exclusive experience at the Sydney Opera House for a backstage tour of this world-famous center for the performing arts. Your expert guide shares stories about the real-life dramas behind the curtain and in the venue's storied history since it opened in 1973. Go behind the scenes to see parts of the opera house normally reserved for staff and performers, including the stage and dressing rooms. After your guide takes you through some of the center's five performance halls and backstage areas, sit down for a full continental breakfast served in the Green Room — which is usually only accessible to staff.

From Circular Quay take a ferry across Sydney’s sparkling harbor to Watsons Bay. A short walk to The Gap, an ocean cliff on the South Head peninsula in eastern Sydney will give you some incredible views.

Enjoy lunch at Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant before returning to Circular Quay.

This afternoon will focus on interaction with music staff like those at the Gondwana Choirs: Sydney Children’s Choir to learn about their Indigenous Children’s Choirs. Gondwana Choirs comprises the most accomplished choral groups of young people in Australia and the organization is synonymous with performance excellence and has a reputation for the highest standards of young people’s choral music in Australia.


Accompanying guests will enjoy a walking tour of the Royal Botanic Garden with a local guide this afternoon. They will share information with you about the history of the gardens before your return to the hotel to relax.

Dinner will be by individual arrangement (own expense).


Overnight: The Vibe Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

​​Day 07: Cairns - Cultural Exploration
Say goodbye to Sydney and head to the airport this morning for your short flight to Cairns. As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics rainforest and energized by nature, Cairns is the place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems to last a little longer.

After arrival make your way to Rainforestation Nature Park, set on 100 acres of World Heritage Rainforest. You will first enjoy a BBQ lunch before exploring. Your explorations this afternoon include a guided Dreamtime Walk where you will try your hand at boomerang throwing and observe spear throwing and digeridoo playing. Learn about the aboriginal culture and watch a traditional dance depicting animal, food gathering, and hunting traditions.

Finish up with an Army duck rode aboard an amphibious WWII Duck to experience the tropical rainforest from a totally unique perspective as you see wildlife pass by.


Head to the Pacific Hotel Cairns to check in later today. They are centrally located on the picturesque Cairns Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbor and opposite the main shopping precinct, casino and the new restaurant area. Rooms have a private balcony and complimentary Wi-Fi. Dinner will be provided at the hotels Bushfire Flame Grill.


Overnight: The Pacific Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner













Day 08: Cairns - Professional Exchange
Continue your professional program today with an opportunity to explore topics of mutual interest, as well as time to interact with the Aboriginal community. Visit a local school to learn more about traditional and cultural music of Australia.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.  

Accompanying Guests - Guests will have some free time this morning and after lunch will transfer to Tjapukai Cultural Center to enjoy a tour with a personal guide. Tjapukai is an accessible venue to experience authentic Aboriginal culture dating back over 40,000 years including hunting and weapons demonstration and creation stories and dance performances. They will have various demonstrations and workshops to share their culture and traditional with you including their local art, music and history.

Dinner is on your own arrangement today.
Overnight:  The Pacific Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 09: Cairns, Cultural Exploration
Today you travel to Mossman Gorge where you will commence your Dreamtime Gorge Walk. You will be treated to a guided rainforest walk along private, easy graded tracks, visiting special places and culturally significant sites, past traditional bark shelters and over cool rainforest streams. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guides demonstrate traditional plant use, identify bush tucker sources, share their dreamtime legends, explain the history of cave paintings, and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and its special relationships within this unique tropical environment.

After your walk enjoy tea, damper and question time with your guide who will be happy to point out the highlights of the area.

Lunch will be on your own cost this afternoon at a local restaurant during your tour.

This afternoon take part in an Aboriginal Art Workshop to paint your own boomerang! Learn how to understand stories told through Aboriginal paintings while creating your own souvenir of Australian art under the guidance of acclaimed Aboriginal artist, Brian “Binna” Swindley at Janbal Gallery. As well as learning about Aboriginal ochre paints, Indigenous art history and painting techniques, Binna will share stories about traditional bush foods, construction materials and medicines.

Enjoy a short tour of the historical town of Port Douglas before heading back to the hotel.

Share memories of Australia at a farewell banquet this evening a short walk from your hotel at the Ochre Restaurant.
Overnight:  The Pacific Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Depart for the U.S. or enjoy the optional extension
Depart this morning for Los Angeles (with arrival the same day).​
Meals: Breakfast


Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.


Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

As the heart of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics Rainforest and energized by nature, Cairns is the
place to soak up the tropical lifestyle. Discover an exciting city that takes pride in its cultural heritage and where time seems
to last a little longer. If you can swim, you can snorkel, and snorkeling is a great way to see the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the
shallow waters and surrounding reef of Upolu Cay and “Wonder Wall” on the outer edge of Upolu Reef.

PRE-TRAVEL
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Costs to obtain a passport


Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

 TRAVEL
International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession


  SAFETY AND SUPPORT
24-hour support from US Nanda Journeys office and in-country support


Partnerships in every country to which we travel



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Australia: Sydney & Cairns| 10 days | August 1-10, 2019 | $6,299

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POST PROGRAM EXTENSION - GREAT BARRIER REEF

Australia: Cairns | 3 days & 2 nights|  August 10-12, 2019 | $1,299

LEADER SPOTLIGHT:
Dr. Lynn Brinckmeyer
Dr. Lynn M. Brinckmeyer is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Music Education at Texas State University. During 2006-2008 she served as President for The National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC). She has conducted all state choirs and honor choirs, lectured, presented master classes and performed in forty-eight states in the United States and thirteen different countries, including China, South Africa and Cuba.

Past offices include: President for the Northwest Division of MENC, Music Educators Journal Editorial Board, Washington Music Educators Association General Music Curriculum Chair and Conn-Selmer University Advisory Board. She also served as a Music Expert on the Disney, “Let’s Play Music” Site. In addition to chairing the Eastern Washington University Music Department for six years and conducting the EWU Concert Choir, Dr. Brinckmeyer received both the PTI Excellence in Teaching Award and the CenturyTel Award for outstanding

faculty. Other awards include the

MENC Lowell Mason Fellow,

Washington Music Educators

Association Hall of Fame, the

MENC Northwest Division

Distinguished Service Award and

Eastern New Mexico University’s

Outstanding Alumni Award.

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