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Aussie Adventure with Adelaide extension

Destination: Australia
Trip Leader: Dr. Joseph Ritter and Steve Shedd
Dates: July 10–18, 2017 | Adelaide Extension: July 18–22, 2017
Trip Cost: $4,372/person for double-occupancy (shared) room, $5,055 single-occupancy
Extension Cost to Adelaide: $1,772/person double-occupancy, $2,017 single-occupancy
Trip Capacity: 44 guests
Registration Deadline: March 11, 2017

Trip Overview

Join Dr. Joe Ritter and Steve Shedd for an unforgettable trip through Australia’s heartland. Beginning in Sydney, we’ll visit the world famous Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Sydney Aquarium, and Taronga Zoo. Experience the flavor of the outback in the next leg of our journey to Ayers Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll discover the wonders of aboriginal culture and history. Next on our adventure is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You'll also explore rainforest canopies as you sail the Kuranda Skyrail and visit Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. Those choosing the Adelaide extension will not only get to know this cosmopolitan city but also take a trip to the unspoiled habitats of Kangaroo Island and Cleland Wildlife Park, where you may feed the kangaroos and hold a koala.

This trip open to families, children 8 years and older.

Trip includes:

  • Accommodations for eight nights
  • All intra-tour airfare
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including any applicable entrance fees 
  • An air-conditioned motor coach to all tour destinations
  • Group transportation to and from the airport
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary (eight breakfasts, one lunch, and seven dinners)

Adelaide four-day extension includes:

  • Accommodations in twin rooms with private bathrooms
  • All activities and transport described in the itinerary, including entrance fees
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary (four breakfasts, one lunch, four dinners)

Trip does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Checked baggage fees imposed by airlines
  • Travel insurance (available for $229/person)
  • Optional travel excursions, upgrades, supplements, and personal expenses
  • Pre- or post-night accommodations
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities

The accommodations and itinerary are subject to change.


Meet Your Trip Faculty Members

Dr. Joseph Ritter joined the faculty as a chemistry professor in 1995. He has served as Chair of the Chemistry Department, Director of the Engineering Science Program, and faculty advisor to the Principia College solar car team. He is the Edith and Lewis White Distinguished Professor. A longtime faculty mentor with invaluable experience and irrepressible enthusiasm for project-based learning, he assumed the post of Assistant Dean of Academics in 2008, Associate Dean of Academics in 2010, and Dean of Academics in 2014, adding the title Provost in 2016. Dr. Ritter has traveled to Austrailia numerous times with the solar car team for World Solar Challenge competitions.


As a faculty member at Principia College, Steve Shedd chaired both the Computer Science Department and the Scholastic Committee. He is widely recognized for his dedicated service to the solar car team, which he first became involved with (prior to joining the College faculty) when his daughter Melanie was a member of Principia’s first solar car team. Since then, Shedd has participated in Principia’s cross-country solar car races—nine in North America; individual races in China, Taiwan, and Greece; and three races in Australia. A Principia Development Officer, he also serves as Director of Special Projects.