Frequently Asked Questions
Please read our general FAQs
, where you can find essential information that applies to all of our programs.
Resources to Learn & Teach about Australia
Visit our recommended reading page
to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans
and Pinterest boards
that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
Terms and Conditions
The terms and conditions for our Australia program have earlier payment requirements than our standard programs. Here are our standard Terms and Conditions
For Australia, we will charge an initial deposit of $350 upon booking. Then, on January 5th we will charge 50% of the remaining balance. On March 5th we will charge the final balance. There are also different cancelation terms for Australia, which can be seen below.
GEEO Program Confirmation Process
We require a minimum of 12 participants for this GEEO program. We officially confirm that a program will run once at least 14 people have signed up, which provides a margin for individual cancellations. Nearly all GEEO programs ultimately meet this enrollment quota, and in the rare event that a program does not meet the minimum requirement and GEEO cancels the program, we will work with you to find a suitable alternative or provide a refund of your deposit if you prefer. We encourage you to sign up for any program that interests you, and we will notify the entire group once 12 people are booked and again once 14 people are booked. We always emphasize the importance of exercising caution when making non-refundable travel arrangements, especially given the unpredictable nature of travel. For example, we typically recommend booking flights with flexible change/cancellation policies.
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to email@example.com
. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
- If you cancel 181 days or more prior to departure, all your program fee payments will be refunded besides your $350 deposit which is kept on file for future use
- If you cancel between 180 and 120 days prior to departure, you will receive a 50% refund and your deposit is kept on file for future use
- If you cancel within 120 days of departure, you will receive no refund, but your deposit is kept on file for future use
- Please be aware that WiFi and internet access is not as readily available in Australia as in other parts of the world. There are often additional charges to connect to the internet, and speeds may be slower than what you are used to.
Group Leader Description
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEOs). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Half of GEEO’s participants travel by themselves, so please don’t worry if you do not have a travel companion for your trip. Our program fee is for one traveler in double-occupancy accommodation, and GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender if you do not have a travel companion. Most of our programs have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that you can pay to have a room to yourself. You will only incur an additional charge if you specifically request a single room. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please find your program on our extra services page
. If you want to room alone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
to request a single room.
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Please note: Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., during which you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details. If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
Getting to our hotel by taxi will cost approximately $25-30. The Cairns Airport Shuttle is $20-25 per person; busses leave the airport every 15-20 minutes. The airport information desk can assist.
Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so that they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS
G Adventures Local Office and after office hours emergency number
From outside Australia: +61 49 768 1378
From within Australia: 049 768 1378
If for any reason you are unable to reach the G Adventures local office, please call the numbers listed below to connect with their Sales team, who will happily assist you.
Toll-free, North America only: 1 888 800 4100
Calls from UK: 0344 272 0000
Calls from Germany: 0800 365 1000
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Calls from New Zealand: 0800 333 307
Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999
Please read this article
on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this program. Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers. The max luggage allowance on domestic flights within Australia is 1 checked bag (20 kgs) and 1 carry on (7 kgs) per person.
Health & Safety
- N95/KN95 face masks (at least a few just in case there is an outbreak within your group)
- Hand sanitizer
- Rapdi Covid tests/Antigen tests (at least 3)
- Windproof/waterproof rain jacket (very important)
- Personal clothing for hot (Cairns) to cold (Blue Mountains and Sydney) weather – we recommend packing 8 or 9 days of outfits so you only have to do laundry once
- Bathing suit and small quick-dry towel
- Packable winter coat – it gets cold at night (upper 30s, lower 40s) in the Blue Mountains
- Light hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes
- Sunblock (the sun is very strong in Australia!)
- Sun hat
- Water bottle
- Watch or alarm clock
- First-aid kit, including lip salve, aspirin, bandaids, anti-histamine, Dramamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, electrolyte powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking
- Travel pillow
- Money belt
- Phone/tablet for internet – most hotels have WiFi
- Chargers for electronics as well converters/adapters, if needed
- AirTags or Tile trackers
- Packing cubes
- Snacks – packing a few granola bars is a good idea; you can buy snacks when you get there too, so don’t go crazy here
- Ziplock bags
- Reading/writing material
- Hand sanitizer/baby wipes
- Passport (with photocopies)
- Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
- Travel insurance ID card
- Flight itinerary/boarding pass(es)
- USD/EUR cash
- Credit/debit card
- G Adventures vouchers
- GEEO Classroom action plans for your group – this is sent a few days before departure
Laundry facilities are offered at some of our hotels for a charge, or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is located.
Passports and Visas
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ
for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double-check the information we provide below by searching here
Americans need an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to travel to Australia. They cost $20 Australian dollars and can be easily purchased here: https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas
. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
The local currency in Australia is the Australian Dollar (AUD). As currency exchange rates fluctuate, we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com.
We recommend that you obtain cash from ATMs while traveling; they will dispense the local currency. We do, however, recommend that you bring at least $200 USD in cash for emergency use or in case you have trouble with the ATMs. Major credit cards are accepted in most shops, but you may be charged an international transaction fee; ask your financial institution about their international fees. Please note that if you are carrying U.S. dollars, the bills should be in good condition (i.e., not torn, wrinkled, or marked on in any way) and dated recently.
It is not customary in Australia to tip service providers. Unless specifically asked to do so (by your tour leader), do not tip your local guides. At the end of your program, if you felt your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, you may consider a small tip – but it certainly isn’t expected.
GEEO cannot provide any medical advice, so it is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. We recommend contacting Passport Health (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/), which has travel clinics located throughout the United States. You can also check the CDC's recommended vaccinations
for your destination. Please take this seriously!
We find the best prices for flights are often available around 90 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You should wait until this trip is confirmed before you book non-refundable flights.
GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed.
This program begins in Cairns and ends in Sydney. Please double-check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Cairns. You may want to arrive in Australia one or more days early in case you have flight disruptions. You can arrive at any time you choose, but try to make it in time for our 6:00 p.m. Welcome Meeting on Day 1. You can depart from Sydney any time on the final day of the program, or stay later to see more of the city.
Plugs and Converters
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers (also called electrical converters). The adapter is for your device's plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to fit the local outlets. The transformer/converter changes the local voltage to the voltage used in the U.S.
Australia uses a Type I plug, which has 2 or three angled flat prongs so you will need a plug adaptor. The voltage is mostly 230V. (Standard U.S. electrical outlets are 120V.) Most new devices, including phones and laptops, are made to work with the different voltage rates, but some devices, like hair dryers, may only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device's plug or manual to see what voltage range it requires. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity; for example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work with voltages between 100V to 240V. If your device can’t handle the higher voltage, you’ll need to purchase a transformer/converter. You can find world transformers/converters online or at many retail stores in the travel section.
Before you decide to travel with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
- The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe, well-located place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury as we are trying to keep these trips as inexpensive as possible. Sometimes the accommodation is not air-conditioned.
- We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.
- You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack.
- Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometimes include day hikes with your daypacks.
- We recommend always carrying snacks with you. Meals can sometimes be far apart.
- Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip, as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
This trip will go from hot to cold as you move south, further away from the equator. Northern Australia’s 'dry season' from June to September (during the Australian winter) is a time of lovely sunny days and warm temperatures, well suited for exploring on land or underwater. The tidal currents around the Great Barrier Reef are gentler, creating good snorkeling conditions.
In the country’s southern regions, the weather is more temperate. The east coast will have a pleasant spring climate which translates into a gentle morning and a comfortable midday. Sydney and the Blue Mountains can get quite cold in July, so pack some warm clothes and do not expect good beach weather.
Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. The prices below are rough estimates for budgeting your trip.
Tour Company Fee
See our price in the top right corner
International Airfare from the United States
Roughly $1200-2,000 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as an add-on.
Tipping is optional and not expected, but we recommend $40-50 for budgeting purposes.
Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary
20 AUD for an ETA
Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.
Make sure you budget for these types of expenses
Variable. Please consult your doctor.
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$100 USD (suggested donation)
This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally, sometimes in the local currency, and you do not have to decide in advance which ones you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please use them as a rough guide for budgeting your trip.
Booked In Advance
Please contact email@example.com to book the following activity. It must be booked in advance of your departure.
Byron Bay Ocean Kayaking: $53 USD
Slice through the waters of the iconic Byron Bay on this half-day kayaking adventure. Paddle past the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, see the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, and ride the waves into shore. On top of it all, keep a close eye out for dolphins and whales (in season) who call these waters home.
Bungee Jumping: 179 AUD per person
Leave your fears at home and prepare to have your breath taken away as you jump from 164ft. Now’s the time to release your inner daredevil – what are you waiting for?
Minjin Swing: 129 AUD per person
Soar through the rainforest on the fastest jungle swing in the world. Suit up and be pulled to 150 ft above the ground before flying over the canopy at a heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping 120 km/hr. We can already hear your screams!
Skydiving: 2h-6h, 399 AUD per person
Enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of Cairns from an eagle’s perspective. Suit up, get briefed, and board the prop plane to soar high above the land and sea. Strap onto your instructor, take a breath and leap into a once-in-a-lifetime free fall. This is what a natural high truly feels like!
Whitewater Rafting: 12h-12h30m, 138-210 AUD per person
Put on a helmet, grab a paddle and raft the Class 3 & 4 rapids of the mighty Tully River, considered the best rafting river in all of Australia and New Zealand.
Skyrail & Kuranda Scenic Railway: 116-171 AUD per person
Settle into a comfortable 6-seat gondola for a ride with a spectacular view along the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Pass over the canopy of one of Australia’s tropical rainforests, so close to the treetops it’s as if you could reach out and touch the leaves. After, ride the Kuranda Scenic Railway through a lush tropical paradise framed by rugged mountains, waterfalls, and ravines back to Cairns. Travel on authentic timber carriages via hand-hewn tunnels and across towering bridges, through the awe-inspiring Barron Gorge. Experience the exotic beauty of North Queensland’s tropical rainforests, marveling at the incredible array of plants and animals encountered all along the way.
Great Barrier Reef Visit: 209 AUD per person
Hop on a boat and head out to sea to reach the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. Don a mask and opt to snorkel the largest coral reef in the world. Say g’day to Nemo the clownfish and some of the 1,500 other species of tropical fish that thrive in the warm waters off Australia’s east coast.
Daintree National Park Visit: Free
Step back in time in this lush tropical rainforest, reported to be more than 110 million years old! Bring your binoculars to spot some of the 430 species of birds, including the buff-breasted paradise kingfisher and flightless cassowary. On the ground, look for possums, bandicoots, echidna, and musky rat kangaroos. Discover why the Aborigines consider this a spiritual place.
Daintree Rainforest Night Walk: 45 AUD per person
Once the sun goes down, grab a torch and head out into the jungle for a guided night walk. With your guide, you’ll spot various critters who call this region home. Keep your eyes peeled for sleeping bats, birds, lizards, and spiders as you listen to the sounds of the rainforest at night.
Cape Tribulation Horseback Riding: 2h-2h30m, 110 AUD per person
Hop in the saddle and explore the rainforest on your trusty steed. Ride through lush canopy floors and crystal clear streams, ending up on the stunning Myall beach. Cap off this adventure by galloping through the ocean spray!
Whitsunday Islands Snorkeling: Free
Take advantage of the included snorkel gear, throw on a mask, and see what lives in the Great Barrier Reef. (Note that fins are not provided in order to adhere to local coral conservation efforts.)
Cape Byron Lighthouse Visit: 30m-2h, Free
Cape Byron Lighthouse is about 2 miles northeast of Byron Bay. The popular white structure emits the most powerful light of all working lighthouses in the country, and it’s also located at the most easterly point of the Australian continent. Head up to the top of the tower to scan the ocean for whales (the Southern Cross University’s Whale Research Centre is located here).
Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach Coastal Walk: Free
Go for a walk along one of the most iconic trails in Australia. Pass by secluded beaches, massive cliffs, and more breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean than imaginable – all before arriving at the world-famous Bondi Beach. From May to December, keep a keen eye on the ocean to try and spot migrating humpback whales.
Sydney Opera House Visit: 43-185AUD per person
Stroll along the waterfront to admire Sydney’s most iconic landmark, designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon and opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1973. Take a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site to discover its history, folklore, and more. Some two million people a year come to see concerts and cultural performances at the Opera House. Catch the boom of the grand organ–with more than 10,000 pipes; it took 10 years to build and is the largest mechanical organ in the world.