Outback Biology, Australia
Australia is many different things to different people and the bigger picture seems greater than the sum of its parts. It is an expanse the size of Europe of orange interior, punctuated by treasures such as Ayer’s Rock (or Uhuru), where indigenous marsupials exclusive to Australia, such as kangaroos and wallabies roam free, not to mention crocodiles and deadly snakes.
The native aboriginals over centuries have mapped the entire outback in songlines from northern Daintree Rainforest to the rugged southern coast, from the Queensland beaches in the east across the desert of the Nullarbor (meaning ‘no trees’) Plain in the west. Dotted along the mainland’s 22,000-mile coast are Australia’s modern cities, including cosmopolitan Sydney with the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Then of course there are Australia’s many fine sandy beaches, pounding Pacific surf and beneath the surface lies one of the true wonders of the world: the stunning coral and marine wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef, a world UNESCO site, the stuff of dreams for marine biologists.
The 10-day/9-night Aussie Odyssey delves into the biological treasures of Outback Australia and is centered in Cairns, North Queensland, the ideal place from which to explore the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Visions groups will firstly learn about the important properties of mangroves, visit Botanic Gardens, a volcanic crater, Peterson’s Creek and Daintree Rainforest to understand the biodiversity and unique nature of much of Australia’s flora and fauna, see platypus, and possibly some very rare animal species too! Daintree Rainforest’s Observatory houses the highest concentration of primitive flowering plant families in the world. The tour is topped off with guided snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, an education in marine biology and coral reef data collection.
This amazing STEM tour includes:
Return international flights
9-nights’ accommodation in Australia:
6-nights in Cairns, 1-night Highlands Tourist park, 1-night bush camping, 1-night JCU Research Station cabins
Airport transfers & group transportation
Breakfasts, lunches & dinners daily
Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads
All activities shown in our Itinerary and supplies needed
Field Guides for all students - 101 Animals of the Wet Tropics, 101 Plants of the Wet Tropics, and 101 Animals of the Great Barrier Reef
Mask, fins, snorkel and wetsuit hire
5-metres square of Daintree rainforest adopted in your group's name through Rainforest Rescue
Carbon offsetting through Sustainable Travel International (STI) for a carbon-neutral trip
Local experts - National Guide, Marine Biologist, University & Scientists