December 26, 2022 —January 09, 2023
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Discover the diversity of Australia–the people, plants, and animals. On this smallest, most temperate of continents, where flora and fauna are both diverse and unique, and native Aboriginal culture blends European with Asian counterparts, participants explore the richness of a world apart. Within just the geographic region of Victoria and Queensland can be found over a dozen very distinctive and unique ecosystems and cultures. Explore the cities of Cairns and Melbourne as well as the rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, to gain a unique perspective on the world in all its variety.

Program Package

  • Accommodations
  • Course-related activities and entrances fees
  • Additional cultural program excursions
  • Health and emergency evacuation insurance (International Programs Only)
  • On-Site Director's and staff on-site 24/7

Participants will stay the first seven nights at Pacific Hotel Cairns, located on the Esplanade overlooking Trinity Harbour. The Esplanade Lagoon and Parklands, the Sea Port, the Reef Fleet Terminal, Reef Casino, art galleries, shopping and dining are situated right at the hotel’s front door. All rooms and suites feature balconies with superb views of the harbour and parklands. Enjoy the hotel's Bushfire Restaurant and Sugarcane Rhumbar which complete the picture of a boutique style hotel.

The last five nights will be spent at Travelodge Hotel Melbourne Southbank, located in Southbank, 600 metres from the Southbank Promenade on the Yarra River, 600 metres from Flinders Station Train Station and 900 metres from Bourke Street Mall. It is within easy walking distance to restaurants and cafes, impressive shopping, renowned art galleries and the Crown Entertainment Complex. The hotel offers comfortable and modern rooms with kitchenettes.

A hot breakfast buffet is provided daily.

CCSA Central Office

Contact Information

Kara Arvin - Applications

Nate Addington - Payments

Denise Knisely - Travel

Steven Guns

On-Site Director

Steven Guns Steven is the Director of Education Abroad at Murray State University and has been directing programs with CCSA since 2012. Steven studied in Spain and South Korea as a student. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and his Master of Science in international education administration/college student personnel from Murray State University. Steven has made accessible study abroad a focus, working on multiple programs designed for students with disabilities.

Group Travel Required

Travel together with faculty, staff and other participants from your CCSA program with our group travel. CCSA will purchase a airline ticket from select U.S. cities on your behalf. The airline cost will be included in your final bill from CCSA. In addition to the flight, you will also receive transport to/from the accommodation in the destination city and the airport.

You can check our currently available departure cities on our departures page CCSA highly recommends this option for those new to international travel.

  • roundtrip air transportation from one of CCSA's designated U.S. departure cities.
  • roundtrip ground transportation between airport and the accommodation site.
  • CCSA faculty and staff to guide you through the immigration and customs process.
* All prices are estimates based on prior programs. Final pricing will be published on the CCSA website by the first payment deadline.


Not required for U.S. citizens for less than a 3-month stay. Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for obtaining a visa as needed.

Program Dates
December 26, 2022 —January 09, 2023

Base Price

Estimated Airfare
$3,099 - $3,299
(estimated additional cost based on recent airline prices)

Payment Process
See our payments page
Enrollment Status: CLOSED

Regular Application Deadline
October 28, 2022
App Fee Currently $250

Courses Offered


Australian Ecosystems
Course Description:

Swim with turtles at the Great Barrier Reef, observe kangaroos in the wild, participate in a conservation project to preserve a koala habitat, and hike in the tropical rainforests in Queensland. This course will focus on the biodiversity of selected Australian terrestrial ecosystems (tropical rainforests, eucalyptus forests and mangroves) and the marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef, and will include an examination of the ecological consequences of human activities on these ecosystems.

Given the location and topic, this course appeals to a wide range of life science majors.

Prerequisite: One semester of biology
WKU Course: BIOL 485 (Field Biology)
Dr. Denice Robertson | 3 Cr. Hrs. | U / H
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