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Wildlife of the Australia's Rainforest (7-15 days) | From $ 2195

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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 sp... More
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.

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About Wildlife of the Australia's Rainforest (7-15 days)

On the Expedition

On the Expedition

Explore pristine forests and exotic wildlife in this one or two week long expedition.

Leave the sounds of the bustling city behind as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics of Australia’s northern rainforests. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams, will be your new home for one or two weeks, as you immerse yourself in this once in a lifetime adventure.

Inside the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland lies an exotic array of wildlife and plants. As the last remaining part of forest that once dominated half of Australia, you will find animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world including cassowaries, a variety of parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos and primitive looking reptiles.

Working alongside world renowned Ecologist, Prof. Steve Williams, you will move through a wide variety of landscapes from the crystal clear coral shorelines and beaches, to lowland lush rainforests right through to spectacular mountains covered in cloud forests.

Throughout this time you will be helping to shape our understanding of what changes are occurring to our climate and landscape and what this means for our unique species in the area. As part of a research team, you will be actively involved in the following tasks:

  • Bird watching
  • Lizard and frog surveys
  • Nocturnal wildlife spotting
  • Insect collecting and,
  • Bat surveys

There is the choice of joining this expedition for either the first week or continuing and joining for the entire two weeks. The first week will be spent in the beautiful South Johnstone Forestry Camp while the second week you move to Shiptons Flat camp while stopping in Cairns for a couple days in between. While at Shiptons Flat you will also have the unique opportunity to work alongside the indigenous Bana Yarralji Rangers  in order to blend traditional ecological with scientific ecological knowledge.

Both locations are on different tablelands to ensure a variety in wildlife and scenery and are often closed off to the wider public. In your spare time, and as safety regulations allow, you may swim in isolated rainforest streams and explore the forest trails or take an excursion to the Great Barrier Reef.

 

Meals and Accommodations

Most teams will spend two nights in Cairns, six nights at Shiptons Flat campand six nights at South Johnstone Forestry Camp or Kingfisher Lodge. During the two nights in Cairns, which will take place in the middle of the expedition, the team will stay in four-person cabins. Participants joining one week teams will not stay overnight in Cairns, but will be picked up and dropped off at the rendezvous point in Cairns.

The one week teams will either go to South Johnstone, Kingfisher Lodge Shiptons Flat camp depending on what week you join and the research plan. At the site in Cairns, there is a reliable supply of electricity (240 volts, three-prong plugs), internet access and the opportunity to do laundry.

While at South Johnstone Forestry Camp, Kingfisher Lodge and Shiptons Flat camp, all staff and volunteers will be sleeping in tents, with one person per tent. There will be no electricity or hot showers available but the project can provide basins and a bush shower, and there will be plenty of opportunities to swim in rainforest creeks. 

 

About the Research Area

About the Research Area

Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA) is situated in the northeast of Queensland. The region extends for about 450km between Townsville and Cooktown. The tropical rainforest is mostly associated with a series of mountain ranges running from north to south, parallel to the coast. In the Daintree part of the region, the scenery changes from coral reefs and beautiful beaches to lowland lush tropical rainforest and ascends into spectacular mountains covered in cooler upland cloud forests. These forests are home to well over 2,000 vascular plants with most of the upland rainforest now completely protected. The region’s spectacular biodiversity makes it a world-class environmental research site by any standard, as well as one of the world’s most beautiful places. 


2013 Wildlife of the Cloud Forests Dates

Team No.

Expedition Dates

Duration

List Price

1

Mar 10, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013

15

A$3,195.00

1a

Mar 10, 2013 - Mar 16, 2013

7

A$1,995.00

1b

Mar 18, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013

7

A$1,995.00

2

Aug 11, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013

15

A$3,195.00

2a

Aug 11, 2013 - Aug 17, 2013

7

A$1,995.00

2b

Aug 19, 2013 - Aug 25, 2013

7

A$1,995.00

3

Oct 13, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013

15

A$3,195.00

3a

Oct 13, 2013 - Oct 19, 2013

7

A$1,995.00

3b

Oct 21, 2013 - Oct 27, 2013

7

A$1,995.00

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2015 - 2016 Expedition Dates

Team No.

Expedition Dates

Duration

List Price

1

Feb 14, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016

7

$3,695.00

1a

Feb 14, 2016 - Feb 20, 2016

7

$2,195.00

1b

Feb 22, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016

7

$2,195.00

2

June 12, 2016 - June 26, 2015

15

$3,695.00

2a

June 12, 2016 - June 18, 2016

7

$2,195.00

2b

June 18, 2016 - June 26, 2016

7

$2,195.00

3

Oct 16, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016

15

$3,695.00

3a

Oct 16, 2016 - Oct 22, 2016

7

$2,195.00

3b

Oct 24, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016

7

$2,195

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News By Wildlife of the Australia's Rainforest (7-15 days)

Volunteer to protect our unique wildlife of the cloud forests

Volunteer to protect our unique wildlife of the cloud forests

By Wildlife of the Australia's Rainforest (7-15 days)

15 May 2012

Volunteer and escape to the lush cloud forests and wildlife haven of Northern QLD
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams, will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Inside the World Heritage listed Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland lies an exotic array of wildlife and plants. As the last remaining part of forest that once dominated half of Australia, you will find animals that cannot be found anywhere else in the world including cassowaries, a variety of parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos and primitive looking reptiles.
Working alongside world renowned Ecologist, Prof. Steve Williams, you will move through a wide variety of landscapes from the crystal clear coral shorelines and beaches, to lowland lush rainforests right through to spectacular mountains covered in cloud forests. Throughout this time you will be helping to shape our understanding of what changes are occurring to our climate and landscape and what this means for the unique species in the area.
As part of a research team, you will be actively involved in a range of activities including:

Bird watching
Reptile trapping and surveys
Nocturnal wildlife spotting
Bat surveys


One or two weeks, it’s your choice.
Choose to join this expedition for either, the first week, the last week or continuing through for the entire two weeks. The first week will be spent in the beautiful South Johnstone Forestry Camp, while on the second week you move onto Shiptons Flat camp with a few days in Cairns in between. Both locations are on different tablelands to ensure a variety in wildlife and scenery and are often closed off to the wider public.
2012 dates and pricing:
- 7 days | 5-11 Aug/ or 28 Oct-2 Nov | $1,200
- 15 days | 5-19 Aug or 28 Oct-11 Nov | $2,500

Prices include all food, accommodation, return transfers from Cairns airport as well as a contribution to this important research.
Sign up todaySo if you are looking for an excuse to escape, why not join one of our research teams and explore the hidden wonders of our most beautiful and remote rainforests. Book online, or call Earthwatch on 03 9682 6828

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