TOUR OVERVIEW

Australia

Geography

All year

Years 12-18

Australia offers an abundance of history as well as natural and readily accessible landscapes, providing the perfect platform for exceptional learning outcomes through interactive and immersive learning experiences.

On this itinerary, students will explore the evolving connections between people, planet and landscapes. Through inquiry and investigating of environmental change and management; urban dynamics; and natural & cultural heritage, students will develop fieldwork skills with direct links to current classroom learning.

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DAY ONE

Arrive into Sydney and jump straight into this geography adventure. Head over to Sydney Olympic Park and explore the management and planning in place for the largest urban renewal project in Australia. Fieldwork activities includes sketching and conducting an urban sustainability survey, data recording, interpretation and observation.

DAY TWO

Visit Towra Point Nature Reserve, a Ramsar-listed wetland and the largest and most botanically diverse estuarine wetland remaining in the Sydney region. Examine the impact of past land use, analyse human impact and collect data to illustrate biophysical interactions.

DAY THREE

Visit Calmsley Hill City Farm to discover land uses, ecosystems and biomes through a range of fieldwork activity. Travel onwards to the Blue Mountains.

DAY FOUR

Explore the spectacular Blue Mountains National Park. Discover the diverse ecosystems, assess environmental management strategies, and observe processes and local influences that shape the landscape.

DAY FIVE

Return to Sydney today and take a flight to Brisbane. Visit the 'Towards Zero Waste Education Centre' and learn about waste management, landfill operations and evaluate the sustainable strategy in place for the future of Brisbane.

DAY SIX

Visit the 'Brisbane Urban Environmental Education Centre' and choose between an interactive workshop on planning sustainable places (collect data and analyse urban planning) or connecting people and places (investigating a proposal for city rail system).

DAY SEVEN

Overnight trip to Moreton Island, where you'll explore its incredibly diverse ecosystem and learn about the increasing threats due to human development. Identify impacts on the marine ecosystem, workshop solutions and ways of offsetting your impact by planting a coastal plant.

DAY EIGHT

Join an Eco Ranger on a guided bush walk into the National Park to learn about the flora and fauna of Moreton Island, as well as the history of the Island’s original indigenous community. Learn how coastal sand dunes become sand islands, and how plants survive in such a harsh environment. Return to Brisbane later today and travel home.

INCLUSIONS

Flights, transfers and transport

Upmarket backpacker multi-share accommodation (upgrades available)

Daily breakfast, lunch and evening meals

Expert Haka Educational Tour guide

Vists, talks & activities 

LEARNING

  • Evaluate environmental strategy & management
  • Urban dynamics sustainability survey
  • Data collection, interpretation and observation
  • Biophysical interactions evaluation
  • Waste management & landfill operations
  • Indigenous history, practices and traditions

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