Travel to Australia for an unforgettable softball experience!
Get Experience Training with College Coaches!
Visit the Sydney Opera House, see kangaroos, koalas + the Gold Coast!
Join us for an unforgettable tour visiting some of Australia's must-see sights, including the Sydney Opera House, Mt. Coot-tha, and beaches at the Gold Coast. Hold a koala, train with US college coaches, and compete against top Australia softball clubs. What else could you ask for? Beyond Sports is the world-leader in international sport tours and we're excited to offer this opportunity to you!
Program Cost: $4,795
The cost of the tour is not due immediately
Includes hotel accommodations, 3 international games , all transportation in Australia, two meals per day and roundtrip airfare from LAX. Does not include costs for optional snacks or souvenirs.
Softball Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Depart from our Hub Airport with the group (LAX). Group will be accompanied by tour coaches and Beyond Sports staff for the duration of the tour.
Day 2: Travel day.
Day 3: Arrival at Sydney International Airport. Students shuttled to the hotel for orientation session, light training session, if time permits, and a relaxing welcome dinner.
Day 4: Morning sightseeing including views of the Sydney Harbour, Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour. Visit the Sydney Tower Observation Deck for spectacular 360-degree views of the city! Game #1 of the tour! Team function to follow in the evening.
Day 5: Enjoy ‘brekkie’ at the hotel before we set out for the Coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee Beach. We’ll check out two of Sydney’s most popular beaches and walk along coastal cliffs, keeping our eyes peeled for whale sightings off the coast. Game #2 vs. local club team.
Day 6: Morning flight from Sydney to Brisbane. Group training session. Afternoon hotel check-in. Evening team dinner.
Day 7: Morning at leisure to explore Brisbane - Botanical Gardens, South Bank Parklands, Mt. Coot-tha and Story Bridge. Game #3 with a post-game function with local club team.
Day 8: Day trip to Tangalooma Island Resort. Relax on the beaches, enjoy snorkeling, pelican feeding, dolphin shows and more. Late afternoon return to the hotel.
Day 9: Check out of hotel and depart for The Gold Coast. Afternoon at your leisure to enjoy golden beaches of Surfer’s Paradise.
Day 10: Visit Currumbin Wildlife Park - see rainbow lorikeets, dingoes, Tasmanian Devils and more. Game #4 in the evening with a post-game function to follow.
Day 11: Free day to explore The Gold Coast - Surfer’s Paradise, Broadbeach, Lamington National Park. Farewell dinner in the evening.
Day 12: Say our goodbyes as we head to Brisbane Airport for a full day of travel back to the US (same day arrival August 9th).
The Beyond Sports High School Tours are led by Tim Whittle.
Coach Whittle has 17 years of college coaching experience, including the last nine years as the Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Macalester College. As an assistant coach, he helped lead his alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis, to three straight NCAA Final Fours and back-to-back National Championships. Prior to coaching, Whittle had a six year career in corporate finance as Manager of Finance for the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins) and four years in Corporate Finance with SunTrust Bank in Atlanta.
Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:
Q: How do I plan for my daughter’s trip to Australia?
A: Beyond Sports does the planning for you! Our staff is available to answer questions anytime via video conference, phone, text, or email (schedule a call here, or call us anytime). Once registration is complete, you can expect to receive your student’s flight itinerary at least eight weeks before departure and a Pre-Departure Guide (packing list, staff contact info, detailed itinerary, etc.) four weeks before departure.
Q: Who is chaperoning the trip?
A: A bilingual tour guide and Tour Coach are with the group for the duration of the trip. Our tour guide will focus on organizing logistics, meals, and culturally enriching excursions while the Tour Coach is building a positive team environment. Since 2010, our staff have toured with over 2700 students and 150 college coaches.
Q: What if my child becomes sick or injured during the tour?
A: All travelers are covered by GeoBlue Health Insurance, a world leader in international student health insurance, for the duration of the trip (view our full policy here). If a participant has any concern of illness or injury, no matter how minor, they are encouraged to let a staff member know immediately so they can monitor the situation. Our staff are trained to always err on the side of caution and to seek medical attention for any concerning illness or injury. In the event medical attention is required, a student will be taken to a local hospital or clinic.
Q: What is the program cost for family members?
A: The first family member to travel pays the same program cost as the student-athlete. Every additional traveler that will share same-room occupancy receives a $500 discount. Special accommodations may be available for families with young children, depending on destination and hotel policy. Please contact a Beyond Sports Program Coordinator with any questions about pricing for larger groups.
Info for Parents
During our trips, our top priority is the safety of our student-athletes. If you have any questions or concerns about safety, we encourage you to set up a time to discuss them with our staff.
Family travel information is provided in our tour brochures.
When you're ready to register for the tour use the form below to begin the registration process.
Family members have until March 15th to register.