We begin our studies and our adventure in Sydney, known for its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. The famed Bondi and Manly beaches are paradise for sports and sunshine, and we’ll have the option of learning to surf at one of the best surf schools in the country.

We then travel to Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast, a perfect seaside town for our classes. We’ll enjoy a day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef and snorkel in the cool azure waters while learning how climate change is affecting this wonder of the world. We’ll also sail to the Whitsunday Islands and explore Whitehaven Beach.

Before leaving Australia, we touch down in Brisbane and enjoy the cafés, shopping and culture of this vibrant city. An optional excursion takes us to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, where we can meet koalas, feed kangaroos and learn about Australian wildlife.

The next leg of our program takes us to the dramatic landscape of New Zealand as we land in Queenstown on the South Island, known as the adventure capital of the world. We’ll seize the thrilling opportunity to ski on Coronet Peak, and also attend a cultural show to learn about the indigenous Maori people.

Finally, we’ll head to the Pacific island republic of Fiji for a blissful few days at a beachside resort. We’ll snorkel in the tropical waters and after our final exam, celebrate our Oceanic tour with a farewell Polynesian banquet.

Included in your Program:

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Hiking

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Kiwi bird life

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Skiing at Coronet Peak

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Whitehaven Beach

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And more!

Other Inclusions of this Program:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Tuition
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
  • Access to Vidigami photo sharing
  • And much more!

* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Group flights are on a request basis. Please contact Admissions at 1-866-960-3552.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Westjet flight 715

Depart Toronto 3:00 pm

Arrive Vancouver 5:05 pm

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 23

Depart Vancouver 8:15 pm

Arrive Auckland 5:00 am, July 4th

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 101

Depart Auckland 7:00 am

Arrive Sydney 8:35 am

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 53

Depart Nadi (Fiji) 2:00 pm

Arrive Auckland 5:10 pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Air New Zealand flight 8

Depart Auckland 7:45 pm

Arrive San Francisco 12:55 pm

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Air Canada flight 750

Depart San Francisco 4:40 pm

Arrive Toronto 12:35 am, July 28

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?

Blyth airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email studentservices@blytheducation.com no later than Thursday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.

Australia, New Zealand & Fiji

Surfing, Aussie Style (Sydney)

Surfing is an integral part of Australian culture, and we will learn to surf where it all takes place on Sydney’s beautiful Manly Beach. We will depart to the beach for our lesson with time afterwards to try out our new moves before returning to the city. This is a must for any Aussie traveller; you will never forget the feeling of catching your first wave!

Anticipated Date: Thursday 6th July, 2017

Price: $150

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Sea Kayaking Down Under (Airlie Beach)

The Whitsunday Coast is the perfect spot to jump in a kayak and paddle the day away. Warm breezes, sunny skies and clear waters will make this a kayaking adventure not to be missed.

Our guide will first introduce us to safe paddling techniques and then help us into our stable kayaks. We will explore the sites, secret coves and islands of this majestic coastline.

Anticipated Date: Tuesday 11th July, 2017

Price: $175.00

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Scuba Diving (Whitsundays) (Airlie Beach)

Our proximity to the Great Barrier Reef is an excellent opportunity for students to experience some of the most incredible diving the world has to offer. The Great Barrier Reef is a massive chain of coral reefs and beyond this structure of living organisms lays the cleanest body of water on the globe! It is a wonderful, exciting and indeed memorable experience to dive here. This dive will take place during our Whitsunday Islands Day Sail.

We offer Diving for Introduction or Certified Divers and all dives will be with a dive guide. Certified Divers need to present their Dive Card to the crew. For introductory divers the process will take around 90 minutes, which includes completing paperwork, running through an introduction to diving brief, putting on dive gear and practicing skills. Once ready to dive, a dive will last 25 to 30 minutes and dive to a depth of around 8 metres. All guests wishing to Scuba Dive will be required to complete a questionnaire which includes health check information.

1 Dive: Whitsunday Islands, Australia: Certified and non-certified divers welcome

Anticipated Date: Wednesday 12th July, 2017

Price: $140

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Scuba Diving (Great Barrier Reef) (Airlie Beach)

There will be an additional chance to scuba dive when we visit the Great Barrier Reef on a day excursion. This is not an official Optional Excursion.

If you do wish to dive on this day, you will need to ensure you complete this waiver and pay the following fee locally by credit card or cash:

Non-certified Dive: $139 AUD (approx. $145 CAD)

Certified Dive: $99 AUD (approx. $105 CAD)

NB: Payment will be in Australian Dollars.

You do not need to submit this waiver to Blyth Academy, and it is your responsibility to take the waiver and pay on the day.

Anticipated Date: Sunday 9th July, 2017

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (Brisbane)

View and meet some of Australia’s unique wildlife on this excursion to one of Brisbane’s best wildlife sanctuaries.

Here we’ll learn about crocodiles, platypus, emus, wombats and dingoes, as well as hanging out with kangaroos. Some are just tiny little Joeys with two legs poking out of their mother’s pouch, while others could pass for professional athletes with biceps as big as your local Toronto Raptor’s Power Forward. You’ll even have the opportunity for a cuddle with a koala – what a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

So, check ‘feeding a kangaroo’ and ‘cuddling a koala’ off the ‘tourist in Australia bucket list’, and share your envy-inducing awesomely cute pictures with your friends.

Anticipated date: Saturday 15th July, 2017

Price: $100

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Jet Boating (Queenstown)

From the moment the accelerator hits the floor, your adrenaline hits the roof as you speed in mere centimetres of water along the famous Shotover River and deep into the spectacular Shotover River Canyons. It’s an amazing white water ride, as the Shotover Canyon walls tower over you, your expert driver puts your ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat through its paces and skillfully whips it past rocky outcrops, skims around crags and boulders, and speeds through the dramatic and narrow canyons. Rock faces blur in your peripheral vision and the water sprays into myriads of white water crystals with every turn as you speed in your state of the art ‘Big Red’ Jet Boat at up to 85kph over crystal clear water as shallow as 10cm deep.

Anticipated Date: Monday 17th July, 2017

Price: $195

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Bungee Jumping / Spectating (Queenstown)

The Kawarau Bridge Bungee is home to the world’s first commercial bungee site. With a 43m bungee, and an 8 second free fall, this excursion is perfect for anyone looking for a lot of adventure!

The bungee site is a short drive out of town. Here the trained bungee staff of A J Hackett Bungee New Zealand will give the group an introduction, along with safety information on the jump. Then it is jump time!

Students will have the option of many different jump styles, and whether you want to bob above the water, touch the water or be fully immersed it will all add to the experience. After the jump, we will let the thrill sink in before being transported back to the hotel.

The Staff of A J Hackett take safety considerations and gear testing very seriously. They were one of the pioneers of the Australian and New Zealand Standards Authority Guidelines for commercial operations in Bungee Jumping and frequently request auditing from two external corporations: Bureau Veritas, an internationally recognized auditing company, and the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC). The combination of a thrilling experience, quality product and highly-regarded safety record has meant that A J Hackett has achieved widespread recognition, with awards from New Zealand Qualmark, and Tourism New Zealand.

Anticipated Date: Tuesday 18th July, 2017

Price: $250

Want to just come out and watch? For those students that are not feeling as adventurous, we offer a transportation-only option which allows for all the fun of watching, but none of the thrill of actually jumping. Come and watch as your friends take the leap!

Spectating Price: $45

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Sky Diving (Queenstown)

Take to the skies and leap back down to earth, (attached to your sky diving instructor).

It takes a certain kind of person to leap out of an aircraft to the ground. It takes courage. You step out of that aircraft door and for some 60 seconds you freefall at 200km/hour. The personal challenge is immense!

Students who have previously participated in this say it was one of the true highlights of their year so if you’ve got the nerve – go for it! There are 2 choices: dive from 12,000ft or 15,000ft. The 15,000ft gives you a longer freefall. Your height will need to be decided upon reservation. Please note: It is not possible to upgrade elevation on site.

Anticipated date: Wednesday 19th July, 2017

12,000ft Price: $450
15,000ft Price: $550

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July 2 – July 27, 2017

Travel Services
(incl. taxes & fees)
$8,410
Tuition & Supervision$1,950
Total:$10,360*

or use your Aeroplan Points

Courses

GRADE 11:
  • English (ENG3U)
  • Biology (SBI3U)
GRADE 12:
  • English (ENG4U)
  • Biology (SBI4U)

Itinerary

  • Sydney: 4 days
  • Airlie Beach: 6 days
  • Brisbane: 2 days
  • Queenstown: 7 days
  • Fiji: 4 days

Accommodations

Sydney, Australia: Sydney Central YHA

Airlie Beach, Australia: Colonial Palms Motor Inn

Brisbane, Australia: ibis Styles Brisbane

Queenstown, New Zealand: Heartland Hotel

Fiji: Naviti Resort, Korolevu

Testimonials

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*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $1365 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change. **Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.