Year 12 Great Barrier Reef Excursion 2019 - Cranbrook School

Year 12 Great Barrier Reef Excursion 2019

01 May 19 by Matthew Carroll

20 Year 12 Geographers headed off to Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef at the end of Term 1 for their unit on Ecosystems at Risk. The Higher School Certificate Geography course requires students to learn about TWO ecosystems at risk, in addition to conducting primary fieldwork.

This was an incredible experience for these students to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world and Australia’s most famous World Heritage Site. The boys were treated to an incredible five days with visits to:

  • Barren Falls and Kuranda Village via Skyrail
  • Fitzroy Island snorkelling straight off the beach with green sea turtles, sharks and other marine biodiversity
  • The Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and swimming in Mosman Gorge
  • Snorkelling at two dive sites on the outer reef at 'Hastings Reef' with Ecotourism company 'Passions of Paradise'
  • A special visit to Cooya Beach for a morning of spearfishing with Kuku Yulangi indigenous locals.

The boys were awed by the Great Barrier Reef and the adjacent wetland and rainforest ecosystems. The Cranbrook boys were exceptional, throwing themselves at every opportunity to experience the reef, learn the most up to date content on the Great Barrier Reefs current health, functioning and human impacts from expert marine biologists and build lifelong friendships during their last year of high school. On behalf of the senior Geography team, we would like to congratulate these boys on an incredible fieldwork experience.