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Earthwatch Wildlife of Australian Rainforests
7 days Cairns to Carins
Earthwatch Wildlife of Australian Rainforests

About the tour:
Environmental education, ecological conservation, travel, work, leisure and fun all combine on this volunteer-based project set in North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest. Upon arrival, Earthwatch staff will be waiting to collect and transfer you to one of several Earthwatch camps (which camp depends on what research needs are happening at the time). Following an introductory welcome there’ll be some lectures and training sessions detailing the coming week’s activities. These sessions will serve to introduce you to the general biogeography, flora and fauna of the region, as well as the techniques, requisites and challenges of conducting fieldwork in the rainforest.

Valid:
01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Tour Code:
•PEW7

Tour Departs:
• Starting Points for each date : October 18 2015, Feb 14, June 12, Oct 16 2016: Cairns Airport 12:30pm OR your Cairns accommodation 12:45pm

October 26 2015, Feb 22, June 20, Oct 24 2016: Cairns accommodation 9:00am

Tour Finishes:
• All flights must be booked to leave Cairns airport after 2pm on day 7 of tour. Please confirm your flight time is suitable with our team before booking.

Tour Style:
Basix: Tour is operated in conjunction with Earthwatch. Your expedition is led by Professor Steve Williams.

Tour Accommodation:
Accommodation: 6 nights camping, all meals whilst on trip.

Max People:
12 (Min 6)

Price:
• AUD $2195.00 per adult
• For children over 18 years of age.
• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• A $500 deposit is required for this trip. Once received, you will ask to complete an eligibility form. After attendance has been approved by Earthwatch the deposit becomes non-refundable with the balance due 90 days prior to departure.

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1: CAIRNS TO EARTHWATCH CAMP
Environmental education, ecological conservation, travel, work, leisure and fun all combine on this volunteer-based project set in North Queensland’s World Heritage-listed tropical rainforest. Upon arrival, Earthwatch staff will be waiting to collect and transfer you to one of several Earthwatch camps (which camp depends on what research needs are happening at the time). Following an introductory welcome there’ll be some lectures and training sessions detailing the coming week’s activities. These sessions will serve to introduce you to the general biogeography, flora and fauna of the region, as well as the techniques, requisites and challenges of conducting fieldwork in the rainforest.

 

DAYS 2-6: EARTHWATCH CAMP
Let the conservation begin! The work you’ll be helping with over the next five days will vary according to the region you’re in, what the weather’s doing and the research that needs to be done at the time.

Field groups consist of one leading Australian scientist and up to four volunteers, a method which allows up to three activities to be conducted at the one time. Most activities take between two and four hours each and take place at varying hours of the day. They could be dawn bird surveys, daytime reptile surveys, evening frog surveys or late-night spotlighting outings. To make sure that you get the most out of your time, and to minimise fatigue, research activities are rotated. For example, those on a late night outing won’t usually be assigned dawn bird calls the following day. A typical day in the field could be as follows: one group rises before dawn, has breakfast and heads out for two hours to conduct bird surveys. Another team gets up a little later, has breakfast and prepares equipment for the day’s activities. After a morning tea break, some groups might do reptile surveys, measuring the lizards and returning them to the spots where they were caught.

Other activities during the day could include sampling for ants, examining the microhabitats of frogs in the leaf litter, downloading data loggers and measuring the animals caught that day. Mid to late afternoons are generally unscheduled, providing time for a rest or swim before dinner. After dinner, one to three groups might go spotlighting for mammals, geckos and microhylid frogs, while the remaining team members get to relax and have an early night. For those with a particular area of interest, there’ll be plenty of opportunities to get involved in extra activities.

 

DAY 7 – EARTHWATCH CAMP TO CAIRNS
The final morning will involve packing up camp and presentations of the results netted. Then you’ll make the journey back to Cairns, where this rainforest research expedition comes to an end.

Fitness Level:
Maximum Walks: Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.
Level 2 fitness  ©

Bring:
Booked and paid E-Ticket
Photocopies of your passport, flight itinerary and credit cards in case the originals are lost or stolen; the copies should be packed separately from the original documents
Passport and/or visa (if necessary)
Certification of vaccination (if necessary)
Documentation for travel by minors (if necessary) (see Volunteers Under 18 Years of Age in the Travel Planning section, pg. 17)
Australian Residents only: Please bring your Medicare card and (if applicable) your private health insurance and ambulance cover policy numbers

CLOTHING/FOOTWEAR FOR FIELDWORK
Avoid dark-coloured clothing during the wet season (November-April), as it attracts March flies (yet, it should be noted that light-coloured clothes won’t completely prevent you from being bitten)
Lightweight & quick-drying long-sleeved shirts (a must for safety reasons)
Lightweight & quick-drying long trousers/pants (a must for safety reasons)
Sturdy and comfortable footwear with good ankle support (hiking boots are best); leather boots are more waterproof but fabric dries faster once wet
Hiking socks Waterproof raincoat and pants (particularly in March)
Warm clothing for cool mornings and evenings, especially while camping in the field (e.g. jacket, sweater, jumper, fleece) Hat (preferably one that is at least partially waterproof and covers your neck)
Time piece (e.g. watch, mobile - to know when to return to camp for your tasks; preferably one with an alarm function for bird watching)

FIELD SUPPLIES
Small daypack/rucksack Refillable water bottle(s) Insect repellent spray
Sunscreen lotion with SPF 30 or higher
Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries to wear around the camp at night time (the new lightweight

BEDDING AND BATHING
Sleeping bag Light sheet for warmer nights (March and October teams). You may not wish to use a sleeping bag.
Pillow
Quick-drying towel
Swimsuit

PERSONAL SUPPLIES
Personal toiletries (biodegradable soaps and shampoos are recommended)
Personal medications.
Note: Prescription medications must be accompanied by a doctor’s note to enter Australia.

RECOMMENDED ITEMS FOR FIELDWORK
Gaiters
Waterproof pants (particularly in March)
Drybag or plastic sealable bags (good for protecting equipment such as camera from dust, humidity, and water)
Binoculars (preferable waterproof)

CLOTHING/FOOTWEAR FOR LEISURE
One set of clothing to keep clean for end of expedition
Several changes of clothes for around camp (e.g. shorts and T-shirts)
Camp shoes (e.g. sandals, thongs, light running shoes)
Socks and underwear
Pyjamas or other sleepwear

PERSONAL SUPPLIES
Antibacterial wipes or lotion (good for cleaning hands while in the field)
Personal first-aid kit (e.g. anti-diarrhoea pills, antibiotics, antiseptic, itch-relief, pain reliever, bandages, blister covers, etc.)
Spending money in the form of cash, credit, or ATM cards
Camera, film or memory cards, extra camera battery

OPTIONAL ITEMS
Earplugs Hardware for sharing digital photographs at the end of the expedition
Travel guidebook
Books, games, journal, art supplies, etc. for recreational time
Compass
Camping mat (e.g. Thermarest) for the field camps.
A Thermarest is supplied by the project, you may wish to bring your own for extra comfort.
Wildlife field guides (we have some on hand, but some volunteers, especially avid bird-watchers, may wish to have their own)

Included:
Experienced local scientist and two accompanying volunteers, transfers to and from Cairns, 6 nights camping, all meals whilst on trip.

Notes:

• All flights must be booked to leave Cairns airport after 2pm on day 7 of tour. Please confirm your flight time is suitable with our team before booking.

Tour is operated in conjunction with Earthwatch. Your expedition is led by Professor Steve Williams.

A $500 deposit is required for this trip. Once received, you will ask to complete an eligibility form. After attendance has been approved by Earthwatch the deposit becomes non-refundable with the balance due 90 days prior to departure.

• Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.

• The climate in North Queensland is tropical with temperatures ranging from 14oC / 57.2oF degrees in winter to a high of 33oC / 91.4oF in summer. The area has a wet and a dry season; the wet season runs from the first monsoon rains, usually in November and ends around Ma

• It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure.

• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years,
• Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.


The Tour Difference

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• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

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