Travel: Australia

In May 2019, join the Emmanuel Alumni Travel Program on a journey discovering the unique culture and biological habitats of Australia.



Join us in May 2019 for a cultural and scientific exploration of the continent Down Under. Led by Professor of Biology Paul March, this trip combines a cultural exploration of Australia with a deep dive into the biology that makes this continent host to some of the most unique species of flora and fauna on the planet. Based on a successful travel course that Professor March has led with students over the years, alumni now have the opportunity to go on a similar educational journey.

Guests will tour Cape Tribulation, snorkel in the stunning Great Coral Reef, sightsee the Blue Mountains, learn about Aboriginal culture in the rainforest of Tropical North Queensland and explore all that metropolitan Sydney has to offer.

  • Monday, May 20: Departure from Boston.
  • Wednesday, May 22: Arrive Cairns; private coach transfer from Cairns airport to the James Cook University campus at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory at Cape Tribulation. Accommodations in modern bunkhouse-style dormitories with shared baths and communal kitchen. The group will prepare communal meals together during their stay at JCU.
  • Thursday, May 23: Cape Tribulation. Explore Cape Tribulation under the guidance of Professor Paul March. There will be lectures about the rainforest habitat, and about ongoing research. Guests will access the rainforest canopy via one of the only rainforest research cranes in the world. They will be introduced to and participate in an ongoing rainforest restoration project.
  • Friday, May 24: Cape Tribulation. Continued exploration and research of the rainforest.
  • Saturday, May 25: Cape Tribulation – Half-Day Cruise. Guests will enjoy a half-day ocean safari tour of Cape Tribulation. Enjoy pristine snorkeling with the breathtaking setting of Mackay Cay in the foreground and the rainforest shoreline in the background. That afternoon, private coach will transport guests from JCU housing to Cairns hotel.
  • Sunday, May 26: Cairns – Tjapukai Cultural Park. Hotel breakfast. Private coach from Cairns hotel to Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park is a theatrical interpretation of Aboriginal culture, showcasing the culture of the rainforest people of Tropical North Queensland.
  • Monday, May 27: Cairns – Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Excursion. Hotel breakfast. ReefQuest guides will lead guests (snorkelers, introductory divers and certified divers all welcome) for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Jump in to find Nemo, Dory and all their friends! Professional guides will give tips on the best spots to dive and snorkel and to give you more information on the Great Barrier Reef. (Additional AU $20.00 tax per person due on the day of the excursion)
    • Excursion Includes:
      • Morning tea
      • Use of dive equipment including wet and stinger suits, masks, snorkels, fins and flotation devices
      • Professional certified diver guide
      • Lunch
      • Hot fresh showers
  • Tuesday, May 28: Cairns – Sydney. Hotel breakfast. Private coach transfer to the Cairns airport for your onward flight to Sydney. Sydney, capital of New South Wales, was founded in 1788 and is Australia's oldest city. Sydney sits astride Port Jackson, one of the most beautiful deep-water harbours in the world. With a population of just over four million, Sydney is also Australia's largest city. The city boasts famous landmarks such as the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, as well as a fine array of restaurants, theatres, shopping complexes and some of Australia's best surfing beaches.
    • Accommodation: Cambridge Hotel
      208 Riley street, Surry Hills
      Double bed, includes breakfast
  • Wednesday, May 29: Sydney. Hotel breakfast. Guests are free to make their own arrangements in the city of Sydney. Professor March lived in Sydney for 13 years while he was a Professor at University of New South Wales, and is available to recommend activities on this day.
  • Thursday, May 30: Sydney – Blue Mountains – Sydney. Hotel breakfast. Guests will be collected from the hotel to commence a full day sightseeing tour to the Blue Mountains (10 hours) by private mini coach.
  • Friday, May 31: Sydney – Taronga Zoo. Hotel breakfast. Guests will venture by ferry to enjoy time at their leisure at the Taronga Zoo. Also included is admission to the Sky Safari Cable Car, allowing you an aerial view over the zoo and transportation from one side to the other.
  • Saturday, June 1: Sydney – Sydney Aquarium. Guests will venture on their own to Darling Harbour to visit the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium. Sharks, crocodiles, penguins, dugongs (sea cows) and platypus are just some of the marine life that you will see at this aquarium. The main attractions are the underwater walkways through two enormous tanks—one full of giant rays and gray nurse sharks and another in which you’ll see the seals.
  • Sunday, June 2: Sydney. Hotel breakfast. Guests will have a full day at their leisure to explore Sydney. Professor March will lead an optional Eastern Beaches Cliff Walk, and he is available to recommend other unique options on this day.
  • Monday, June 3: Depart Sydney. Hotel breakfast. Guests will be transferred by private coach to the airport.


Details & Fees

Price: $5,800 per person, based on double occupancy. Option of additional single occupancy charge of $745 per person. Price includes accommodations, flights, breakfast and other meals as listed, excursions and transportation between sites as listed. Purchasing travel insurance (not included) is suggested.



Don't wait to take advantage of this opportunity! Space is limited and the deadline to register (via two separate deposits) is December 1, 2018. This trip is open to alumni and their guests.

Travel is booked through our agent at ActiveTravels. Deposit checks in the amount of $1000 are due November 1, 2018 and should be made payable to ActiveTravels LLC and mailed to the address below. A final payment of $4200 is due to Active Travels LLC by March 1st, 2019. Note: Credit card payments to Active Travels LLC are possible by calling the number below, but they require a 3% processing charge.

Lisa Leavitt, Active Travels LLC
617-614-9877  | |
ActiveTravels LLC, 89 Roundwood Road, Newton, MA 02464

A separate payment of $600 is also due to Emmanuel College by December 1, 2018 to support the study abroad scholarship. Gifts can either be made online with “Australia Alumni Trip” indicated as the designation, or checks can be made out to Emmanuel College and mailed directly to:

Meg Butler
Emmanuel College
Office of Development & Alumni Relations
400 The Fenway, Boston, MA  02115



For any questions, please contact Paul March at

Alumni Travel: Australia 2019