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Student Trips: Ecosystems at Risk - Reef and Rainforests – 6 Days | From $ 1495

Special Expires 31 Mar 2019

Geography & Biology Studies at The Earth’s Biodiversity Hot Spots

Far North Queensland is blessed with two UNESCO World Heritage areas — The Wet Tropics (of which the Daintree Rainforest is a part) and The Great Barrier Reef–both of which con... More
Geography & Biology Studies at The Earth’s Biodiversity Hot Spots

Far North Queensland is blessed with two UNESCO World Heritage areas — The Wet Tropics (of which the Daintree Rainforest is a part) and The Great Barrier Reef–both of which contain some of the planet’s best biodiversity. On this excursion, you learn about traditional land management from Aboriginal guides in the lush Daintree rainforest, and about contemporary land management from a marine biologist at the Great Barrier Reef.

You see first-hand the impacts of both natural and human activity on these two ecosystems, and you meet people who are striving to protect both flora and fauna in these special areas. This is perhaps the best way to get your students involved in hands-on activities with two case studies: two exceptional tropical biomes.

Trip at a glance
LENGTH: 6 Days / 5 Nights
BEGINS: Cairns
ENDS: Cairns
DATES: Year-round
FREE TEACHER: For every 10 paying participants
MINIMUM GROUP SIZE: 10 students
PRICE 15+ STUDENTS: $1495 AUD including GST
PRICE 10-14 STUDENTS: $1575 AUD including GST
PRICE: vaild for travel through 31/3/19

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About Student Trips: Ecosystems at Risk - Reef and Rainforests – 6 Days

Geography & Biology Studies at The Earth’s Biodiversity Hot Spots

Geography & Biology Studies at The Earth’s Biodiversity Hot Spots

Far North Queensland is blessed with two UNESCO World Heritage areas — The Wet Tropics (of which the Daintree Rainforest is a part) and The Great Barrier Reef–both of which contain some of the planet’s best biodiversity. On this excursion, you learn about traditional land management from Aboriginal guides in the lush Daintree rainforest, and about contemporary land management from a marine biologist at the Great Barrier Reef.

You see first-hand the impacts of both natural and human activity on these two ecosystems, and you meet people who are striving to protect both flora and fauna in these special areas. This is perhaps the best way to get your students involved in hands-on activities with two case studies: two exceptional tropical biomes.

Areas of Learning:

  • Geography
  • Sustainability
  • Biodiversity
  • Marine Science
  • Aboriginal Culture

Highlights:

Highlights:
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with a marine biologist
  • Soar high into the Daintree rainforest in JCU’s canopy crane
  • Participate in CoralWatch service project and collect data on coral bleaching
  • Glide over the rainforest canopy on Cairns premier eco-attraction: The Skyrail
  • Discuss traditional land uses with Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal guides
  • Explore the mangroves and give back to the community with a service project
  • Learn about protected area management from experts
  • Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre run by volunteers

Benefits & Bonuses:

  • All accommodation, meals, guides and transport to activities included
  • Risk assessment provided
  • Price Guarantee: price will not change once you sign up for your trip
  • Expert guides – not “bus drivers”
  • We cater to student special diets and swimming levels
  • Goodies! Water bottle, field guide, cloth shopping bag and rainforest plot adopted in your name
  • MAKE IT YOUR OWN – This trip is fully customisable.  Ask us for details!

ITINERARY

ITINERARY
  • Day 1: Arrive, Mangrove Workshop & Service Project OR Protected Area Management Presentation
  • Day 2: Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Aboriginal-Guided Rainforest Walk and Daintree Rainforest
  • Day 3: Environmental Debate, JCU Research Station and Canopy Crane, Service Project and Geography Presentation
  • Day 4: Fitzroy Island/Inner Reef with Marine Naturalist, Turtle Rehabilitation Centre & Coral Watch Program
  • Day 5: Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling & Data Collection with Marine Biologist

  • Day 6: Free Time, Optional Urban Challenge or Service Project and Departure

Geography School Excursion Fees Include:

Geography School Excursion Fees Include:
  • Cairns airport transfers
  • All activities as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation to activities
  • Naturalist guide on Days 1-3
  • Marine naturalist/marine biologist on Days 4 and 5
  • 4 nights central Cairns budget accommodation (4 or 6 share single-gender rooms with ensuites – upgrade to hotel accommodation available, see below)*
  • 1 night Daintree rainforest lodge on the beach (4 share single-gender cabins with ensuites)*
  • All continental breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners (except on arrival day)
  • Mask, fins, snorkel hire on Fitzroy Island and reef trip
  • Stinger suit hire during the wet season
  • 101 Animals of the Wet Tropics and 101 Marine Animals of the Great Barrier Reef field guide for each student
  • Small World Journeys reusable water bottle and cloth shopping bag
  • National Park and Marine Park taxes and levies
  • Prize for the winning team of mangroves clean up
  • Carbon offsetting through Sustainable Travel International (STI) for a carbon-neutral trip

*Two teacher rooms (private twin or triple share rooms with ensuite) are included in the trip price.  A supplement of $460 AUD is charged if an additional private room is required. If teachers are happy to share a room, no additional costs are incurred.


Student Trips: Ecosystems at Risk - Reef and Rainforests – 6 Days Reviews

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0 Adia Sahid, geography teacher, Cecil Hills High School, Sydney NSW (Dec ’12, Dec ‘ 14 and Dec ’15 )

"Activities organised were engaging and closely related to HSC syllabus. Syllabus outcomes, key topics and concepts were integrated very well. Bess asked about their assessment topics & prepared/tailored her presentations. Students had a valuable, fun and educational experience. The food met all requirements of all students and teachers. First aid kits were always prepared and students were given clear safety instructions. [Marketing materials/proposal were] very accurate - plan was followed and very thorough. All staff were friendly and qualified. Staff were very professional and highly qualified /experienced. Even out students were motivated by all the different areas of expertise. All students commented in our briefs about every guide and how happy they were."


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