Adventure Bonus Week: Australia

Take advantage of an extra week in Australia and explore the Sydney and the surrounding coast and wilderness, from the Blue Mountains to Port Stephens. Waterfalls, beaches, mountains, and city life pack this week with adventure.

Adventure Bonus Week: Australia is a chance for Loop students on the Veterinary Service: Australia program to extend their journey and get even more out of their Australia experience. After spending two weeks with animals on the Veterinary Service program, the ABW takes you to a new home base in Sydney and on day and overnight trips throughout the surrounding area.

From the rollercoasters in Luna Park to the waterfalls of the Blue Mountains, the Adventure Bonus Week is just that: an adventure.

Note: Students on other Loop Abroad trips directly preceding the ABW: Australia may join this bonus week, but will be responsible for the cost of any additional airfare. There will be no airport pickup charge.

The Adventure Bonus Week

This one-week tour is designed especially for Loop Abroad students. It is packed with activities that are unique from the Veterinary Service: Australia program and combines the most interesting and well-known tourist locations with chances to experience landscapes and wilderness adventures unique to Australia.

Each day will be filled with exploration and adventure including time in the city, cultural activities, and lots of exploring in nature. It is a packed week that takes you throughout and outside Sydney and along the Australian coast.

Please note that this tour includes one free day in Sydney, which is at your own expense. Accommodation and breakfast for this free day are included in the tour price. Activity restrictions are detailed below. There are a number of free activities you can enjoy on this day if you so choose. You may also visit the Wildlife Zoo on this day for free admission if you choose.

Activities Include:

  • Observing sea life at the Sydney Aquarium
  • Horseback riding to look for kangaroos
  • Hiking through the Blue Mountains to waterfalls
  • Spotting little penguins at Manly Wharf
  • Whale watching for Humpback and Minkie whales on the Pacific Ocean
  • Snapping a selfie at Madame Tussauds wax museum
  • Observing the city from its highest point: the Sydney Tower Eye
  • Traveling to the Blue Mountains by train
  • Learningsome spooky Sydney history on an evening ghost tour
  • Visiting the famous Three Sisters rock formation
  • Relaxing in beautiful Katoomba
  • Stargazing at the Sydney observatory and planetarium
  • Basking in the sun at Manly Beach
  • Enjoying a free day in the city to choose your own adventure!
  • Discovering Aboriginal history on a Rocks aboriginal tour
  • Riding the rides at Luna Park, Sydney's famous amusement park (unlimited ticket)
  • Shopping and strolling at The Rocks in the evening
  • Sand boarding in the dunes at Port Stephens
  • Dolphin watching off Tomaree National Park
  • Touring the biggest sand dune mass in the Southern Hemisphere by 4WD vehicle
  • Exact itinerary is subject to change based on weather and availability of activities.


    Dates: June 17 - June 25, 2018

    Tuition: $2,150

    What's Included: All meals, activities, and in-country transport except for on one free day. All housing included (including free day.) Souvenirs, snacks, and non-water drinks are not included.

    Housing and Meals: Housing will be at hotels or hostels where individuals not on a Loop Abroad program may be staying. Students will share rooms, but will not share a room with non-Loop participants. Meals will either be prepared by tour staff, eaten at restaurants, or self-catered (cost included). We can accommodate special dietary requests with advance notice.

    If additional ABW sessions are added, students currently enrolled will be given the first option to switch dates if they so choose.


    Who can apply: Individuals age 18-25 participating in a Loop Abroad program on June 2 - June 18 in any country. Students whose June 2-18 program is in another country will be responsible for additional airfare. Students who June 2-18 program is in Australia will not have an additional airfare charge for adding the Adventure Bonus Week.

    How to Apply: Apply for a Loop Abroad program on June 2 - June 18 and choose to add "Adventure Bonus Week: Australia" to your application.

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    This premium tour includes hiking, horseback riding, and other adventure activities that are suitable for active individuals with no health restrictions. Horseback riding has a weight limit of 100 kilos (220 pounds) but participants may request to sit out this activity (no refund available). Participants should be able to comfortably hike a moderate hike (suitable for all fit participants; no experience required) for 1-2 hours and walk along an easy trail for 3 miles.

    On your free day in Sydney, which is at your own expense, you agree not to participate in any of the following high-risk activities: riding or driving a motorcycle or motorscooter, mountaineering, hang gliding, hot air ballooning, mountain biking, parachuting, bungee jumping, caving, heliskiing, skiing, snowboarding, SCUBA diving, white or black water rafting, rock climbing, ziplining, wakeboard riding, or water skiing. You may also not rent a car or drive a rental car.