|Tuition||$8,050 Learn about Financial Aid|
|Fly in/out||Broome, Australia|
High School Credit
“I think the leadership lessons were so valuable and showed me what I was lacking and what I could do to become a better leader. I got a great sense of accomplishment from challenging myself physically and mentally. Overall, amazing trip, learned a lot, and would do it again.”
There’s nothing quite like seeing the remote wilderness on your own two feet, carrying all your own gear on your back while gaining the tools necessary to become a great leader in the backcountry and at home.
Backpacking courses often hike three out of every four days. You’ll travel in small hiking groups so you have more opportunities to lead, make decisions, and map read as you move through beautiful wilderness. Hiking days begin early when you light your stove, cook and enjoy breakfast, and then organize and pack your pack.
You’re usually hiking by mid-morning. Lunch on the trail might be bread you baked the day before, or a trail mix of nuts and dried fruits. You may stop for a short class on natural history, or to learn how to cross a river, travel through boulders or snow, or move over a high pass. When you arrive at your new camp location, you'll first spend time choosing a Leave No Trace site and organizing camp, then you’ll prepare a well-deserved dinner. If the day was long, a short evening meeting may wrap up the day. If the hike was short, there may be a class or discussion.
NOLS sea kayak courses travel to some of the world's greatest locations for ocean paddling, from Alaska's famous Prince William Sound and the unique coastal desert ecosystem of Mexico's Gulf of California to the remote fjords of Patagonian Chile. You'll practice basic and advanced strokes and rescue techniques while traveling in a variety of water conditions.
“Rising to the physical and mental challenges of the rigor of daily life on expedition was the most rewarding thing for me. Realizing what I was physically capable of and how much I could do without was extremely empowering and rewarding. I would say about equal with that were the relationships I formed with my fellow students and the mentor relationships I formed with my instructors.”
Its name alone—Australia—brings to mind unusual wildlife and wide-open spaces, flora found nowhere else on Earth, friendly people, and a varied array of cultures.
The Land Down Under is a wild continent of waterfalls and crocodiles, of adventure and exploration. Our headquarters is located in Broome, a community of fewer than 25,000 people that was founded in the 1880s as a hub of the pearling industry.
Since 1996, our students have explored northwestern Australia in places like the Kimberley and the Pilbara. These regions are characterized by dramatic landscapes and intense colors, vast plains, ancient mountains, huge tidal rivers, and breathtaking gorges.
We are also honored to be able to collaborate with local Aboriginal groups, from whom our students have invaluable opportunities to learn about different ways of life.
You’ll never tire of the unique beauty of northwestern Australia and you will discover its remoteness, enjoying the opportunity to explore a landscape known to few. NOLS Australia is an adventure and an experience.