- Arrive in Bundaberg
- Eco Destination educational discussion The Bundaberg region is certified through Ecotourism Australia's world-leading ecotourism certification program. Students learn about the council's initiatives such as 'Reef Guardian' and 'Reducing Urban Glow' and how they work together with the community to become an Eco Destination.
- Turtle Centre visit The Mon Repos Turtle Centre supports the largest concentration of nesting marine turtles on the eastern Australian mainland. Just one in one thousand turtles survive to mature age, and the success of nesting and hatching at Mon Repos is critical for the survival of the endangered loggerhead turtle. The centre educates students on how significant the region is as a nesting population for threatened turtles and the conservation and research being done to protect them.
- Turtle nesting/hatching experience From November-March only, students have a unique opportunity to witness majestic sea turtles make their journey to shore to lay their eggs. If students are lucky, they may even see the hatchlings make their first dash to the shore. During the turtle encounter, students learn about turtles, their conservation, and the importance of turtle research that scientists are undertaking.
- Windmill breakfast Arrive at the beautiful Windmill cafe and be greeted by owner Joey who shares his passion for sourcing locally grown ingredients and creating the delicious dishes you're about to devour.
- Cultural guided sightseeing tour Taribelang Bunda guides take students on a journey through time, sharing local Aboriginal culture and history that has been passed on from generation to generation. Students taste local bush tucker, learn how traditional artefacts such as the Boomerang were used in daily life, and experience a genuine connection to the land while visiting sites of significance across the region.
- Brewed drinks visit Enjoy a tasting with master brewer and sample the flavours of Bundaberg. Explore the Gallery to learn how Bundaberg craft and bottle their brews. Students play ‘guess the flavour’ at the smellography wall, learn more about the ingredients, and see the brewery in action.
- Strawberry farm visit and ice cream Taste the delightfully fresh fruit ice cream made on the farm with home grown strawberries, passionfruit and locally sourced mangos. Enjoy your delicious ice cream in the farmyard under the shade of the silky oak trees!
- Great Barrier Reef full day excursion Explore Lady Musgrave Island and snorkel with hundreds of tropical fish and resident turtles in the crystal-clear waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. A marine biologist guides students in the water and shares information about the beautiful creatures, why they are important, and why our role as humans is important in their protection. Moor up at the zero-carbon footprint pontoon which is completely wind and solar powered. Enjoy the underwater observatory and amazing reef views to enjoy your buffet lunch.
- Macadamias orchard guided visit Be immersed in the world of macadamias and sustainable farming! Students learn firsthand how the land is cared for by the Macadamias Australia team and how they manage the quality of the single-origin macadamias, from seed, to tree, to table.
- Depart Bundaberg (or extend your tour to Agnes Waters)
- Choose your adventure Extend and stay overnight in Agnes Waters. Some options for your group could include; 1770 amphibious tour, get active and learn to surf, sandboard or kayak, participate in a beach cleanup, track data and be part of the marine debris solution, and/or explore other ecosystems.
- Begin your journey home
Queensland schools government subsidy
Great Barrier Reef Education Experience (Queensland schools only)
The Great Barrier Reef Education Experience Program provides a subsidy for primary and secondary school students in Queensland undertaking school excursions along the length of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), from Bundaberg to Cooktown. The 3 year program supports opportunities for students to take part in place-based learning activities in the GBR from Term 3 2021 to June 2024 by providing up to $150 per student to go towards the cost of a school excursion which includes a reef experience.