Australia Backpacking

Australia Backpacking


  • Spend a month hiking in the Australian Outback
  • Off-trail hiking through canoe grass
  • Excellent wildlife viewing opportunities
  • Great fishing opportunities
  • Cross-cultural experience with Australian Aboriginals
The rich cultural history, subtropical habitats, and ancient land formations of the Kimberley make this part of Western Australia ideal for a backpacking expedition.

Among tight canyons, dry plateaus, and secluded waterfalls, you'll be challenged by this land of extremes, where days can be hot and nights cool, and explore areas very few people have ever seen.

You'll navigate through woodlands of gum trees and cane grass one moment and hike to the top of an escarpment the next. You'll see crocodiles, kangaroos, wallabies, geckos, and birds, including cockatoos, kookaburras, and honeyeaters.

You'll also learn about the Aboriginal culture by spending a couple of days with our Aboriginal guides, discovering their traditional and contemporary lifestyles. Through informative classes and discussions, interaction with our guides, and travel through local cattle stations, you'll leave this course with a new understanding of the rich and diverse natural and cultural history of the Kimberley and Australia.


Location NOLS Australia
Tuition $6,400 Learn about Financial Aid
Equipment Deposit $350
Minimum Age 18
Duration 35 Days
Type Classic
Start/End Broome, Australia
Fly in/out Broome, Australia
College Credit
  • 6 Credit Hours
  • 2 Hours Environmental Studies
  • 2 Hours Leadership Techniques
  • 2 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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“What was most rewarding about my course? The wildlife. The landscape. Figuring out how to work as a team in order to reach a common goal and succeeding. Good meals at the end of a challenging day. Priceless knowledge about myself, my strengths and weaknesses. Figuring out what motivates me. Living simply.”

-Michael B.

Australia Backpacking Grad