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17 Days | 16 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.


These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Brian Clarke

Sydney native Brian Clarke set off from a young age to explore Australia. He found work as a diver, fisherman, and yachtsman on the Great Barrier Reef before eventually working as one of the last professional crocodile hunters. His travels have taken him to the remarkable wildernesses of Australia, Sri Lanka, India, Southeast Asia and Central America. He’s been running his own educational travel business for the past 17 years and has been living in a remote cabin in Kuranda for the past 40 years.

Sue Grebenschikoff

Sue Grebenschikoff is an instructor and site coordinator in Cairns. Originally from Sydney, Sue moved to Cairns 20 years ago after she fell in love with the tropical region and took so many holidays there that she may as well have been living there. Sue has a bachelor’s degree in commerce with a concentration in marketing, is a keen gardener, and loves to travel and meet people. She has worked in various capacities for many years on award-winning wilderness adventure programs around tropical North Queensland.

Brian Kirkham

Brian Kirkham is an Australian transplant by way of England. He spent 32 years in sales and marketing for an Australian airline and, when he retired early in 1995, held a position with the Sydney Olympic Organizing Committee in the lead-up to the 2000 Summer Olympics. Brian has since volunteered with Australia’s Olympic Youth Camp, the Rugby World Cup, Wheelchair Sports Australia and the Sydney Marathon. He relishes introducing visitors to the Land Down Under.

Robert Lee

Robert Lee is a history professor at the University of Western Sydney, where he is especially interested in the transport history of Australia and Asia. He has published five major books about railways. The Institution of Engineers Australia awarded its 1991 Engineering Excellence Award to “The Greatest Public Work,” and “The Railways of Victoria” was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier’s History Prize for 2007. Robert has accepted three missions to assess successful applications for three mountain railways to be inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Ms. Ruth Pullin

Dr. Ruth Pullin wrote her Ph.D. thesis on the Australian colonial artist Eugene von Guérar and was guest curator of a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 2011, "Eugene von Guérard: Nature Revealed." She is the principal author and commissioning editor of the book of the same title. Ruth has held research fellowships at the State Library of New South Wales and the State Library of Victoria, where she is undertaking research for a book on von Guérard’s drawings and sketchbooks. Her research has been published in numerous Australian and international journals. She enjoys lecturing and speaking about Australian art and for many years taught at the National Gallery of Victoria. Ruth derives great joy in discussing with Road Scholar participants Australians’ relationship to the land as a key way in which Australian artists have established a sense of our cultural identity.

Andrew Fitzgerald

Andrew Fitzgerald is a keen astronomer with considerable experience presenting information on stars, planets, our solar system and the galaxy to large groups. He regularly presents a session on the local radio station informing locals and visitors of current astronomical features and events. Andrew’s wealth of knowledge enhances sessions exploring the features of Southern Hemisphere skies.

Rayleen Brown

Rayleen Brown is an Aboriginal who worked as a project officer to help Aboriginals secure their traditional land. She now owns and operates a successful catering business that’s been specializing in traditional bush products and foods for the past 10 years. In addition, Rayleen is a member of the national Bush Foods Council, an educator for schools across Central Australia and a mentor with the local Desert Leadership Program. She continues to be a strong advocate for the Aboriginal people to this day.

Barry Skipsey

Barry Skipsey has two passions in life: photography and bush music. Originally from King Island, Tasmania, he set out way back when on a 10-week working holiday that has now become 40 years of living in the Northern Territory, most of it in Alice Springs. His photographic skills have earned him Australian Geographic’s Photographer of the Year Award. As an Aussie folk singer and songwriter, Barry’s songs incorporate his love of the Outback, as well as classic Australian bush songs.

Richard De Gille

Richard De Gille has been a practicing lawyer for the past 30 years, and has been a partner of a large suburban legal practice in outer Melbourne for the past 20 years. He holds degrees from Monash University in economics and politics, education, and law. He recently retired from management of the practice, and in his spare time he enjoys cycling, bushwalking, gardening and reading.

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Group Leaders make sure your program runs smoothly and are attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants. These Group Leaders are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Peter Burns

A native of Melbourne, Peter Burns is a civil engineer by training – with a master’s degree in natural resources – but he went on to work as a teacher and environmentalist in addition to engineering. His work brought him remote Aboriginal communities in central Australia. Peter also worked for 18 years as a ranger in charge of the Great Otway National Park, and he is actively involved in the community as a voluteer ambulance officer.

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14 nights of accommodations
40 meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 11 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances
4 Flights during the program


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