Students in the HSC Geography class have been on their fieldwork study to the Wet Tropics of Far North Queensland. Based in Cairns, we have visited four areas related to the HSC course.
On arrival after a very early start, we travelled along the highway north to the Daintree Rainforest. Here we investigated the natural processes of the rainforest and how over the years we have impacted them, changing them to what we see today. Geographers are used to working in all conditions. A few rain showers were forecast, we experienced far more than a few showers. We enjoyed a presentation at night about the reef and what we were to expect to see and do on the next day's visit to the Great Barrier Reef.
Tuesday morning and we were off to the Great Barrier Reef. After a rough trip on the ocean, we visited three different parts of the Flynn Reef on the outer reef. At each part of the reef, students investigated the different coral species and the fish species present as well as looking at the results of human and natural interaction with the reef that has resulted in the death of corals. Students were surprised at the amount of coral that is dying off.
Day three we headed south to Innisfail to visit the Pacific Coast Eco Banana Farm. You might know them as the red tip bananas we see in our supermarkets. Students have studied the economic activity of global banana farming. Today we were able to see how the farm operates under the farming system Frank and Diane developed. They are passionate about this Eco-ganic farming method that builds and strengthens the farm ecosystem.
Day four we are spending in the suburb of Smithfield meeting with a developer, a representative from the Cairns Regional Council and an Associate Professor at James Cook University. A/Prof Lisa Law shared about planning for urbanisation in the tropics. It was great to hear three perspectives on the urban dynamics of a tropical city.
- Miss Southwell