This 3 week experiential program explores the relationship between human and natural systems through the lens of environmental sustainability. North Queensland boasts some of the most diverse and remarkable natural resources in the southern hemisphere. Known as the Sunshine State, Queensland is home to lush tropical rainforests, dry woodlands, arid deserts, and the spectacular marine diversity of the Great Barrier Reef.
Students spend much of their time traveling the stunning national parks, forests, wildlife reserves, coastlines and islands of North Queensland under the guidance of knowledgeable field professionals. We spend the first week at an off-the-grid, family operated accommodation called Hidden Valley. During our time at Hidden Valley, we will make excursions to the Wet Tropics rainforest, Wallaman Falls, and Running River Gorge. Following Hidden Valley, we will visit the outback and tour a cave at Chillagoe, partake in a farmstay in the Atherton tablelands, and camp on a private nature reserve, Sheoak Ridge. The final week of the program includes two days identifying coral and fish species on the Great Barrier Reef, a tour of a sea turtle rehabilitation hospital, and a reef restoration activity on Fitzroy Island. Throughout the program, we will explore the relationship humans have with the natural world around them, the significance of indigenous cultures, and the future of environmental sustainability in Australia.
This education abroad experience includes an introduction to the tremendous biodiversity found within the state of Queensland, Australia. Students will spend the majority of their time in North Queensland between Townsville and Cairns. Students will explore multiple World Heritage sites including the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. For two nights, students will stay in the Atherton Tablelands with an Australian family. Students will also travel to the small town of Chillagoe where they will learn about mining and participate in cave tours and hikes. A two night camp-out will take place at Sheok Ridge in Mount Molloy. Time will be spent in Port Douglas and on Fitzroy Island where students will learn about reef ecology and marine life. The program concludes in Cairns.
Students will stay in shared accommodations and generally have access to refrigerators and cooking supplies throughout the program. The program includes a two night home-stay with families on the Atherton Tablelands and two nights in tents at Shoaek Ridge.
Dr Brian Slater
School of Environment and Natural Resources
Education Abroad Coordinator
Director, CFAES Center for Education Abroad and Office of International Affairs
Advisor, ENR Education Abroad & Scholars
Courses and Credit
Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Environment and Natural Resources 5797.01 during the summer term- 4W1. They will also be required to attend one all-day Saturday pre-departure seminar in March from 8:00am-5:00pm on campus.