Australia: Cairns | 3 days & 2 nights|  April 17-19, 2019 | $1,299

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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 a lunch cruise. Enjoy a superb seafood buffet dining while taking in stunning views of Sydney Harbor from the upper deck of the ship. Kick back, relax and marvel at the incredible views!

Return to your hotel for an afternoon orientation and welcome. All travelers will gather this afternoon with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) allowing for an early evening chance for a good night’s sleep!

Overnight:  The Grace Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Lunch

Day 04: Sydney - Professional Exchange

Professional members of the program will interact with nursing counterparts this morning and afternoon for substantive meetings at a local hospital, university, or chance to speak with representatives from the Ministry of Health or a local nursing zociety. 

Lunch will be provided this afternoon before a walking tour of the Royal Botanic Garden with an Aboriginal guide. Learn about the richly diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal People of Australia as they share how the gardens were an important ceremonial site for many of the Sydney Aboriginal Nations, and home to the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation. Experience Wogganmagule (Farm Cove) and its environs while learning about traditional lifestyles including a diverse array of bush foods, the ample fresh water and a plentiful supply of seafood from the harbor. 

Accompanying guests will enjoy some time to explore independently this morning before your lunch and afternoon visit to the 
Botanic Gardens. 

Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. 

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

Day 05: Sydney - Professional Exchange
This morning’s activities will focus on interaction with nursing professionals at a local hospital or clinic. Discussions will focus on strategies being taken to meet United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals and to improve healthcare outcomes.

Accompanying guests will walk with your guide to Circular Quay (15 minutes) to take the ferry over to Manly beach, the jewel of Sydney’s northern beaches. It is time to feel the sand between your toes! With its relaxed, outdoor lifestyle, Manly is a great place to take some time wandering on the beaches, stroll along the Corso – a colorful strip of shops and cafés that runs between the beach and the wharf, go for a refreshing swim or just relax in the sand (weather permitting). You will do a short coastal walk to Shelley beach and enjoy the views before taking the ferry back to Circular Quay to join the group for lunch. 

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 Grace Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 06: Sydney - Cultural Exploration
Today you will continue to explore Sydney including the historic Rocks, Mrs. Macquarie's Chair with its fabulous views of the harbor and Opera House, and the Botanical Gardens. To the east of the city center lies Kings Cross, the exclusive suburbs of Double Bay and Rose Bay, as well as Watson's Bay and the Gap with stunning views back along the harbor to the city. At famous Bondi Beach, see the white sands and surf typical of Sydney's city beaches.

While you are there, enjoy a group made BBQ lunch at a local restaurant in the Rocks area.

This afternoon the group will enjoy a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Explore the hallowed theaters and foyers where more than 1600 concerts, operas, dramas and ballets take place each year. Your experienced guide will be on hand to lead you through every aspect of the building’s 14-year creation and 58-year history.

Return to the hotel for some free time to explore independently. Dinner will be by individual arrangement (own expense).
Overnight: The Grace 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.

Today your guide will collect you from the airport and head directly to the Skyrail Rainforest cableway for your one-way journey. This ride will have you riding 7.5kms along Australia’s pristine tropical rainforests as you glide just meters above the rainforest canopy. Descend through the canopy layers deep into the heart of the forest for stops at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations for the ultimate tropical experience.

Enjoy a BBQ lunch at the Kuranda Trading Post this afternoon. This is a small family business formed 26 years ago by Mr. Alan Farley on the site of the original Kuranda station master’s residence.

Late this afternoon, visit the Kuranda Koala Gardens. Situated in the heart of Kuranda, this attraction gives you the opportunity to see some of Australia's most unique wildlife up close. The wildlife park has a variety of animals for you to see including koalas, freshwater crocodiles, kangaroos and wallabies, snakes, wombats, lizards, monitors and other reptiles.

Return via coach to Cairns where you will check into your hotel and have dinner.

Head to the hotel where dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight: The Pacific Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Cairns - Professional Exchange
Continue your professional program today with your nursing colleagues in Cairns. Visits may include a regional hospital or local health center.

​Lunch will be provided this afternoon.

Accompanying Guests - Guests will spend some time visiting Fitzroy Island (snorkel equipment & picnic lunch included). Walk with your guide from the hotel to the nearby Cairns marina for your ferry ride to Fitzroy Island, once part of mainland Australia before being separated by rising waters. Over time a fringing coral reef surrounded the island, providing sheltered home to a variety of fish and coral species. Explore this marine wonderland on a full-day excursion to enjoy the wilderness hiking trails and the beach. Delight in the island's 339 hectares of lush rainforest that covers 94 percent of the island and is protected and managed as a National Park. Walking trails are suitable for all levels of fitness, allowing you to explore areas of the island at your leisure.

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.

Have lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge where you will enjoy their specialty Barramundi lunch overlooking the Mossman River.

A fascinating hour long Daintree river cruise will then take you through this wildlife environment, which is home to birds, tree snakes, unique plants and the estuarine crocodile – a great photo opportunity.

Enjoy a short tour of the historical town of Port Douglas where your tour ends. Drive back to your hotel to prepare for dinner this evening.

Share your memories of Australia at a farewell banquet this evening at a restaurant a short walk from your hotel. 
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.


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8.0 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours 

** Nanda Journeys and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to develop this educational activity.  A maximum of eight (8) hours of continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded for this journey for nurse participants completing all requirements. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) (PO229). **

Great Barrier Reef 

Photos credits: Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree

Dr. Carol Huston

Dr. Carol Huston is a past president of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. She recently retired as director of the school of nursing at California State University-Chico (CSUC).

  • Author/co-author, Leadership Roles and Management Functions in Nursing, Professional Issues in Nursing, and Leadership and Management Tools for the New Nurse
  • Co-developer, Marquis-Huston Model for Teaching Critical Thinking, which has been recognized internationally by nurse scholars
  • Co-chairperson, 2010 International Year of the Nurse (IYNurse) Initiative—a                                  global partnership effort                                        between Sigma Theta Tau                                International Honor Society                                        of Nursing, the Nightingale                                      Initiative for Global Health,                                            and the Nightingale                                         Museum of London
  • Inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

Day 01: April 17, 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. Enjoy 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 14m 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: April 18, 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 ordeadly 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: April 19, 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.​​

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.

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Nursing Journey to Australia led by Dr. Carol Huston

You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed introduction to healthcare and nursing in Australia traveling April 2019. Enjoy the unique culture and traditions of Australia while you spend time with the locals. Discuss current nursing and healthcare challenges in each country. Healthcare professionals, as global citizens in the 21st century, need to understand universal health care issues such as poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illiteracy, and access to health care before global healthcare goals can be achieved.   Giving back and engaging with the local community is an important part of your journey: you will have an opportunity to interact with a local non-profit organization or community project. Explore iconic sites in both cities including Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House & Bondi Beach in Sydney. Indigenous animals such as Kangaroos, crocodiles and Koalas, Mossman Gorge and Port Douglas in Queensland .  A maximum of eight (8) hours of continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded for this journey for nurse participants completing all requirements. 

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION To Great Barrier Reef - See details below

Australia: Sydney & Cairns| 9 days | April 8-17, 2019 | $5,999

What's Included

IncludedNot Included
Information and support  to aid in your travel preparation

Costs to obtain a passport

Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

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

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

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

Partnerships in every country to which we travel