Discover the exotic plants and animals unique to the rainforests of northern Queensland, Australia.
The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.
On this expedition, you’ll explore lowland rainforests, spectacular mountains covered in cooler upland rainforests, beaches, and coral habitats just off the shore. You’ll investigate changes in the climate and landscape and what they mean for species in the area while trying your hand at a variety of research techniques, including bird surveys, lizard surveys, frog surveys, and nocturnal wildlife spotting.
You may join this expedition for one or two weeks. The first week will be spent at a beautiful campsite located at one of our primary long-term monitoring sites and the second week will be spent at Shipton’s Flat camp, with a stop at Cairns in between. At Shipton’s Flat you will work alongside the indigenous Bana Yarralji rangers, experiencing both traditional and scientific ecological knowledge. In your spare time, you can swim in isolated rainforest streams and explore the forest trails, or take an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.