Small World Journeys

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Small World Journeys offers eco-friendly customised educational tours for high school and middle school and university groups. Their multi-day educational trips in Australia celebrate the Aussie icons and the wonders of the natural world, led by expert guides.

Naturalist guides open up a world of wildlife. Indigenous elders teach about their traditions and culture or how to find medicinal plants in the Rainforest. Marine biologists teach about the wonders of the sea. Eco-lodge owners open their doors, professors lend their expertise, and educators give special talks to Small World Journeys student groups.

Educational groups are particularly well catered for; Small World Journeys offers community service projects, cultural interactions and learning opportunities that students and teachers love. Think marine biology, rainforest ecology, and indigenous culture in fun, affordable packages.

How are they eco-friendly? They pay Sustainable Travel International to offset the carbon emissions from all of their trips, and support locally-owned businesses to keep income in the community. Small World Journeys also donates to environmental and community groups such as the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and Harold's House and with help of their partner Rainforest Rescue, a five-metre square plot of rainforest is adopted in the names of each group.

Our Tours

Sustainability and Service

In Australia's far north, communities have taken great steps to protect some of the planet's best biodiversity as well as its rainforest peoples. On this educational excursion, you witness sustainability ventures in many forms: a rainforest eco-attraction, a grassroots indigenous tourism business, a wildlife rescue centre and a sailboat to the reef.

You experience natural areas, such as snorkelling The Great Barrier Reef or riding a cable car over the rainforest canopy, that are celebrated for their biodiversity and are protected because of their ecological importance. You also learn from other sources like sustainable boat tour operators and aboriginal elders the significance of sustainability and community involvement in their business ventures. Your guide provides insight into your surroundings and leads discussions throughout. A presentation from a climate change expert and a debate about a highly controversial environmental issue rounds out your sustainability studies. You also plant native trees as a way to exemplify an "eco-tourist" and leave the area a bit better than when you arrived.

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$2226 $2360
Aboriginal Cultural Discovery

Far North Queensland is rich with indigenous traditions, and a confluence of cultures brings together a strinking blend of art, language, dance, food and ceremony. On this tour, you discover similarities in Aboriginal culture as well as vast differences among the Tjapukai, Kuku Yalanji, Jirrbal and Yidinji through talks, walks and fun activities. Authentic interactions with Aboriginal people reveal their respect for land and reverence for traditions long forgotten by indigenous people in other parts of the world. Share in the discovery of a 40,000 year old culture while enjoying gorgeous natural places of the tropics.

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$995 $1085
Ecosystems at Risk: Reef and Rainforest

Far North Queensland is blessed with two UNESCO World Heritage areas — The Wet Tropics (of which the Daintree Rainforest is a part) and The Great Barrier Reef–both of which contain some of the planet’s best biodiversity. On this excursion, you learn about traditional land management from Aboriginal guides in the lush Daintree rainforest, and about contemporary land management from a marine biologist at the Great Barrier Reef.

You see first-hand the impacts of both natural and human activity on these two ecosystems, and you meet people who are striving to protect both flora and fauna in these special areas. This is perhaps the best way to get your students involved in hands-on activities with two case studies: two exceptional tropical biomes.

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$1395 $1498

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$51 - 210
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a unique rainforest experience, taking you on an unforgettable journey over and through Australia's World Heritage listed Tropical Rainforests. Spanning seven and a half kilometres in the Barron Gorge National Park, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway glides just metres over the canopy, its comfortable six-person gondola cabins providing spectacular views of the rainforest, tropical Cairns, the Coral Sea and lush Cairns Highlands.

Mossman Gorge Centre

Mossman, Douglas Area
From AU$9.50 - 9.50
Visit Mossman Gorge and experience the Daintree World Heritage Rainforest with pristine waterfalls, mountains and vivid flora and fauna, all the while getting lost in its enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage.

Daintree Discovery Centre

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$32 - 32
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

Mount Cook National Park

Cooktown, Cook Area
Free Entry
Rising 431 metres above the surrounding landscape, rugged Mount Cook is the scenic backdrop to Cooktown. Lieutenant Phillip Parker King named Mount Cook in June 1819 during his navigation of northern Australia.

Agincourt Reef

Port Douglas,
Free Entry
Agincourt Reef, off Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef, is a series of many smaller reefs with at least 16 different dive sites. The Channels offer interesting swim-throughs and caves, while The Gardens are renowned for their exceptional abundance of brightly coloured reef fish.

Newell Beach

Douglas Area
Tucked away between glamorous Port Douglas and the vast wilderness of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park is the sleepy beachside community of Newell Beach. Newell Beach boasts spectacular views to Port Douglas in the south and the lighthouse on Low Isles to the east.

Barron Gorge National Park

Kuranda, Mareeba Area
Free Entry
Rugged rainforest-clad mountains and gorges, tumbling waterfalls, varied wildlife, easy access and a fascinating history make Barron Gorge National Park one of Queensland’s most popular parks. The park extends from the coastal lowlands (Lake Placid) to the elevated regions of the Atherton Tableland (near Kuranda), and lies within the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.

Fitzroy Island

Fitzroy Island, Cairns Area
Fitzroy Island is located near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland and is popular for daytrips due to its proximity to the coast. Fitzroy Island is a national park island with a small portion occupied by Fitzroy Island Resort.

Hope Vale

Hope Vale,
Hope Vale Aboriginal community lies 40 kilometres north of Cooktown. Originally established as a Moravian Lutheran Mission on the east coast near Cape Bedford, the community was later moved to its present location.

Wonga Beach

Wonga, Douglas Area
Named after the beautiful Torres Strait pigeon, Wonga Beach is a quiet refuge north of Mossman. Off shore there are views to Snapper Island and it is within easy access to the Daintree River and its rainforest habitat.
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