WorldStrides’ geography tours are a chance for students to examine the world’s people and natural environments at close range. Groups venture into the field to explore, analyse and understand a destination’s unique characteristics.
Understand what makes volcanoes so powerful, what causes changes in topography of landscapes and learn the processes behind explosive geysers, boiling mud pools and hot springs. The following destinations are full of learning opportunities for geography students:
Cairns, Australia School Tours – Highlights
Daintree Discovery Centre
Explore one of the few remaining unspoiled pockets of lowland rainforest and learn the various ways that this fragile environment is protected. Informative guides help students comprehend the significance of the forest environments’ biology, ecology and antiquity.
Great Barrier Reef Cruise
Jump on board the Sunlover’s fast, air-conditioned catamaran to a large floating platform located at pristine Moore Reef on the outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Students will learn about the coral reef ecosystem and the threats that it faces as they observe and interact with the reef itself. There are many opportunities for students to get to know the reef snorkelling, from glass bottom boat, semi-submersible coral reef viewing boat, an underwater observatory, a marine life touch tank as well as an informative presentation hosted by a Marine naturalist.
Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
Lend a helping hand to injured and sick marine turtles brought in from the Great Barrier Reef and Cape York Peninsula at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, a world-class facility with the highest success rate of turtle rehabilitation in Australia.
Wet Tropics Management Authority
You could spend a lifetime learning and discovering the complex landscapes, rich biodiversity and cultural mysteries of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area and still barely scratch its ancient surface. In a meeting with the WTMA research team, students will delve into the diversity and value of the Wet Tropic rainforest in a 60-90 minute information session.
See our Cairns Eco-systems Explorer itinerary here.
Tamania, Australia School Tours – Highlights
Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs
Take a guided tour of the largest tourist cave in Australia and its richly decorated chambers, which began forming tens of millions of years ago. Understand the geological processes that create a diverse array of subterranean formations including stalagmites, stalactites, helicities and more!
Journey through the top canopy of the forest and inspect it’s many layers on a 1 hour guided tour along the 570 metre Tahune Airwalk, a treetop walkway suspended 25 – 40 metres above the forest floor.
Learn of the natural and cultural heritage of the Freycinet National Park and region through creative displays, a self-guided hike and sea kayaking adventure, all with stunning coastal views.
See our Geography in Tasmania itinerary here.
New Zealand School Tours – Highlights
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderlands, Rotorua
Experience the remarkable beauty of nature in New Zealand’s most colourful volcanic area. In Rotorua, the landscape has been gradually sculptured by volcanic activity, resulting in diverse natural features such as the Champagne Pool, the Primrose Terrace steaming ground and huge volcanic craters.
Waipoua Forest Visitors Centre, Waipoua
Leave a legacy by planting a young Native tree in the forest as part of the reforestation project. Your trees’ GPS Co-ordinates will be recorded so it can always be found.
Footprints in the forest, Waipoua
Join a local guide on a memorable journey through nature’s stages of evolution, where students will enjoy a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest. See the mighty Te Matua Ngahere (‘The Father of the Forest’) an enormous tree estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old, with a mighty girth of 16 metres diameter.
A geography tour might mean setting out into undisturbed natural environments or navigating densely populated urban jungles. Regardless, geography focused educational travel gives students a real world understanding of the world’s environments and communities. Students are inspired to take on a greater sense of personal responsibility and consider the difference they can make as global citizens.
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