Australia Backpacking and Sea Kayaking

Australia Backpacking and Sea Kayaking


  • Explore the remote Australian outback on foot and by sea kayak
  • Off-trail hiking on uneven terrain approximately 110 miles over 35 days
  • Cross-cultural experience with Australian Aboriginals
  • Travel through rocky and sparsely vegetated plateaus, tight water-filled canyons, cane grass, and woodland plains
  • Travel to your course starting point in the Kimberley region via bus or small plane
Western Australia has it all: rugged plateaus, blue waters, and white sandy beaches.

You'll begin your sea kayaking adventure in the waters surrounding the Dampier Archipelago, where you'll have plenty of opportunity for learning sea kayaking skills, exploring the marine ecosystem, and discovering the areas rich human history, which includes the most prolific Aboriginal petroglyph site in the world.

You'll backpack either in the Kimberley or Pilbara, both offering ideal terrain to explore the Australian outback.

The Kimberley has tight canyons, secluded waterfalls, and plateaus, while the Pilbara has escarpments, deep basalt gorges, and cool oases.

Western Australia is home to a variety of exotic wildlife, it can be rugged, and it is hot, but the natural history and unique Australian setting will give you an unparalleled NOLS education.


Location NOLS Australia
Tuition $8,050 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 45 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Broome, Australia
Fly in/out Broome, Australia
College Credit
  • 8 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 4 Hours Skills Practicum
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High School Credit
  • 1.5 Carnegie Units
  • 0.5 CUs Physical Education
  • 1 CU Leadership
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“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.”

-Susan B.

Australia Backpacking and Sea Kayaking Grad