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Ecosystems at Risk: Reefs and Rainforests – 6 Days | From $ 1495

Special Expires 31 Mar 2019

This is perhaps the best way to get your students involved in hands-on activities with two case studies: two exceptional tropical biomes.

Highlights:

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with a marine biologist/scientist
Soar high into the Dain... More
This is perhaps the best way to get your students involved in hands-on activities with two case studies: two exceptional tropical biomes.

Highlights:

Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with a marine biologist/scientist
Soar high into the Daintree rainforest in JCU’s canopy crane
Test water quality and collect data about coral predators at the reef
Glide over the rainforest canopy on Cairns premier eco-attraction: The Skyrail
Discuss traditional land uses with Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal guides
Follow the evolution of plants on the Botanic Gardens’ Gondwana walk with a botanist
Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre run by volunteers

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About Student Trips: Ecosystems at Risk - Reef and Rainforests

Geography Studies at The Earth's Biodiversity Hot Spots

Looking for Coral Bleaching and Coral Predators at the Reef

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:

  • 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

Accommodation:

All accommodation is included. In Cairns, you stay at a breezy award-winning hostel in the centre of the restaurant and shopping district. Students like the tropical swimming pool, lounging in the hammock and playing billiards at the free pool table, while group leaders love the private ensuite rooms, air conditioning, laundry facilities and free internet/WiFi (hotel accommodation as an upgrade, see inclusions page). In the Daintree Rainforest, students stay in single-gender quad share cabins with ensuites –this is the perfect spot to enjoy the life and chatter of the jungle.

Meals:

All meals are included, except 1 dinner. You have a combination of catered and restaurant meals. A typical breakfast is a selection of cereals, toast, juice and fruits; lunches are combinations of sandwiches and salads with fruit and a sweet, and dinners are a sample of BBQs, all-you-can-eat pasta and pizza, seafood treats and local favourites. Ask us about vegetarian, kosher and halal options.


6-day trip from $1495 per person
(4-day trips available from $779 per person)
 

Inclusions on Ecosystems at Risk Excursion:

  • For every 10 paying participants, one teacher/leader is FREE
  • 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)
  • 1 night Daintree rainforest lodge (4 share single-gender cabins with ensuites)*
  • All continental breakfasts
  • All lunches
  • All dinners (except on Day 1)
  • Mask, fins, and snorkel on the 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

*Teachers have a private twin or triple share rooms with ensuite in Cairns and the Daintree. A supplemental 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


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