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Take to the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef by kayak, see what's at stake and empower women and girls across the globe to take vital climate action.

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26-30 August 2024

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$3,197

Trip Cost
Paid upfront or in instalments

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3/5

Challenge Grade

Give Back to the Community

$3,000

Fundraising Target

Kayak the reef with 1 million women

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Over 5 adventure filled days, connect to the exquisite beauty of the Great Barrier Reef as we paddle the turquoise waters and swirling white sands by kayak. 

Explore our world's largest coral garden and see first hand what's at stake, knowing that with each stroke we will be empowering women everywhere to act on climate in their everyday lives. 

End each day sharing hopes for the planet’s future with 1 Million Women Founder Natalie Isaacs and with a passionate group of other women, before falling asleep camped out beneath the stars.

“ Will you join me on this life changing experience. How truly special to connect to the Reef together and connect with its story in our hearts and in our actions.”  

Natalie Isaacs, founder of 1 Million Women.

Our impact comes from the choices we make every single day to cut waste and pollution. Every bit of CO2 we prevent from entering the atmosphere during this defining decade matters. 

With every stroke of the paddle, you will be empowering this collective action against the climate crisis.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Kayak through turquoise waters and swirling white silica sands.
  • See first hand what is at stake.
  • Meet native wildlife from exotic tropical angel fish to majestic turtles, maybe a whale or two.
  • Connect with like minded women as we explore how living climate action and having climate conversations with others helps the reef's survival. 
  • Raise vital funds for 1 Million Women and make friends along the way.

How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).
For more details, see our FAQs.
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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1: Monday 26th August 2024 - Arrive Whitsundays

NOTE: The itinerary and activities are subject to change if conditions are not suitable or safe. Kayaking distances are approximate.

Day 1: Monday 26th August 2024

Arrive Whitsundays

The adventure of a lifetime begins! This morning we will be picked up to meet our guide and the rest of the team before being shuttled to Shute Harbour. Our kayaks and supplies will be loaded onto a small barge, taking us out to Whitehaven Beach with its white silica sands, situated on the south-east of Whitsunday Island. After setting up camp, we’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the nearby Haslewood Island and do some snorkelling around the southern end of the beach. There are a few walking trails near our campsite that we can choose from to walk, all of which offer stunning coastal views. We’ll then head back to camp for some dinner and some rest.

Accommodation: Camping

Kayaking distance: 10km

Meals: L D

Day 2: Tuesday 27th August 2024 - Whitehaven Beach

Day 2: Tuesday 27th August 2024

Whitehaven Beach 

After breakfast this morning, we head north and follow the east coast of Whitsunday Island. We’ll be paddling the full length of Whitehaven Beach, so make sure you’re well rested and energised! Along the way, we’ll stop off at the entrance of the iconic Hill Inlet walk to the lookout leading to breathtaking views of the turquoise water and swirling silica sand. From here, we might be able to see migratory birds, stingrays and sea turtles if we’re lucky. After a relaxing lunch on the beach, we’ll begin paddling back to South Whitehaven for a mid-afternoon transfer to Maureen’s Cove on the north of Hook Island.

Accommodation: Camping

Kayaking distance: 16km

Meals: B L D

Day 3: Wednesday 28th August 2024 - Hook Island

Day 3: Wednesday 28th August 2024

Hook Island

Today will be spent exploring the northern end of Hook Island, with its many coral reefs and bays, including Luncheon Bay, Mantaray Bay and the beautiful Maureen’s Cove.

Accommodation: Camping

Kayaking distance: 12km

Meals: B L D

Day 4: Thursday 29th August 2024 - Bai Hai Island and Langford Island

Day 4: Thursday 29th August 2024

Bai Hai Island and Langford Island 

Following breakfast at camp, we’ll set off to explore Bai Hai Island, famed for its dazzling natural beauty and outstanding reef ecosystem. Then, we make our way to Langford Island, the perfect spot to stop for lunch. Langford Island is encircled by underwater coral gardens, small fish species and sometimes even turtles. A short bushwalk on the island will lead us to spectacular views over the bay and surrounding islands.

Accommodation: Camping

Kayaking distance: 10km

Meals: B L D

Day 5: Friday 30th August 2024 - Denman Island

Day 5: Friday 30th August 2024

Denman Island 

We’ll start the day with an early Scamper pick up, meaning we can make the most of our last day together. We’ll be dropped off at Denman Island and spend time exploring the Molle Island Group by kayaking and snorkelling before we finally paddle across the Molle Passage to Shute Harbour. Once we’re back in Shute Harbour, we’ll say our goodbyes and part ways after a memorable 5 days!

Kayaking distance: 14-16km

Meals: B L

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Water taxi transfers as per itineraryAccommodation at campsites Camping gear (tents, foam sleeping mat, crockery/cutlery)Snorkelling gear and stinger suitsKayaks and kayaking equipmentMeals as per itineraryLocal guideEntrance fees as per itinerary

Excludes: Airfares • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive kayaking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The Whitsundays kayak itinerary is a physical challenge, involving kayaking approximately 60 kilometres over 5 days. The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 8-16 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

1 Million Women has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and 1 Million Women, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We recommend that you engage in cardiovascular fitness, strength training and kayaking-specific training to start with.

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your kayak. 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is at comfortable campsites. You will have the option to share a tent or to have your own tent, depending on your preference.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

Of course, we will do our best to arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please note in the rural parts of this itinerary, there may be limited choices for those with dietary requirements. 

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. 

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for 1 Million Women are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $3,197.

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for 1 Million Women.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Please contact us and we can assist with writing you an insurance letter to claim your refund.

Travel insurance

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

"Loved it, one of the best trips I have ever done. The adventure was amazing. My highlight was visiting the islands which were stunning and peaceful.”

– Emma Cound, GBRF Whitsundays Kayak 2022

“We camped in a spectacular location and the guides were amazing looking after us.”

– Edward Plant, GBRF Whitsundays Kayak 2022

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About 1 million Women

Over 1,000,000 women and girls from across the globe have joined the movement to change the way they live, and the way they use their economic power, influence and vote to act on the climate crisis. 

Our theory of change is if you act in your everyday life, no matter how small the action is, it will propel you to the next action and the next. This empowerment helps you find your voice and confidence to own the issue and the solutions, and to inspire others to act too. Taking action creates the active optimism needed to stop us sinking into despair.

"We are in the critical decade for action on climate. It needs a collaborative effort from every sector of society; government, industry, communities, households and individuals and the piece about how you live goes to the heart of 1 Million Women." Natalie Isaacs 1 Million Women Founder.

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