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Cape Conran Coast

Adventure in the tranquil town of Marlo, at the mouth of the Snowy River where the river flows into the Southern Ocean. Learn to standup paddle board and surf in waterways surrounded by beautiful bushland area before giving back to the local community who lost everything in huge bush fires.

Highlights

SUP and Surf where the Snowy River meets the ocean

Learn about the natural ecosystem of Cape Conran and the Snowy River.

Camp with your classmates under the stunning stars

Learn to cook delicious meals on camp stoves

Rebuild natural habitats that were destroyed in recent bushfires

Day 1: Welcome to Marlo!

Your journey begins! Travel east today and leave the city behind us as you venture into Gippsland. Arriving in Bairnsdale at lunchtime, you’ll stop for a couple of hours to learn about Aboriginal past, present and future in this region of Victoria.

This afternoon you’ll continue east to Marlo – where the iconic Snowy River meets the ocean. Upon arrival, Infuse staff will introduce students to camping, teach them how to set up tents and settle everyone in. Tonight we’ll have a large group BBQ dinner under marquees at the campground and then split into groups for a fun evening of games and activities.

Overnight: Marlo

Day 2: Surfing and Outdoor Education

Head into Cape Conran Coastal Park today for a day of outdoor adventures! Meet our local surf coaches at East Cape beach and get ready for a 2-hour surf lesson. Starting on the sand, you’ll learn the right techniques before hitting the waves to develop your skills. The beach is sandy with gentle surf, making it an ideal place to learn.

After lunch, Infuse staff will begin introducing you to elements of outdoor leadership, navigation and survival. The session will involve learning practical skills and scenarios to get students working as a team. Then head back to camp for hot showers before learning how to cook your own gourmet dinner on a camping stove with your friends.

Overnight: Marlo

Day 3: Cycling and Service

Spend this morning cycling on the historic East Gippsland Rail Trail. Starting from Orbost, you’ll ride for several hours along the trail to explore the region. Stop off along the way as you pass through farmland and forests. Infuse staff will shuttle you back to Orbost at the end of your ride to have lunch at the bakery.

This afternoon you’ll contribute to an environmental service project with national parks rangers. Learn about the bushfires that decimated Gippsland in summer of 2019/20, which burnt of almost 75% of the region’s forests. There’s still ongoing recovery work happening behind the scenes and you’ll assist with some projects such as removal of invasive species along waterways and/or sand dunes.

Cook another delicious meal on your camp stoves this evening, then join your group for discussion about what you’ve experienced and learned so far.

Overnight: Marlo

Day 4: Yoga, Stand-up Paddle Boarding and Coastal Hike

Start the day with a morning beach yoga session to rejuvenate your mind and body after the last few days. Then head onto the river to learn stand-up paddle boarding. If you’re already skilled in this – no problems, you’ll enjoy helping your friends and having lots of laughs together! After lunch, head out on a coastal hike to discover the dunes, beaches and estuary that make this coastal wilderness so spectacular.

Overnight:  Marlo

Day 5: Closing Ceremony and return home

Today will be full of fond farewells as you say goodbye to Marlo. Before leaving, you’ll participate in a closing ceremony, a unique and powerful activity that allows students to capture the memories and learning moments of their program to process and share with their friends and families back home.