Field trips

Note: all prices are in Australian Dollars.

Option 1: Early morning bird walk followed by BBQ at Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF)

Thursday morning

Cost. approx. $40

To register for this field trip please click here

The Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF)  is located in the Samford Valley, a 25-minute drive northwest of QUT’s Gardens Point Campus in Brisbane, Queensland. This 51-hectare property provides QUT with a research, teaching and learning base for a range of ecological, engineering, built environment and educational programs primarily relating to urban development and its impact on ecosystems. The property was bequeathed to QUT by renowned Queensland entomologist Dr Elizabeth Nesta Marks whose breakthrough work with mosquitoes and malaria in the 1940s and ’50s is world recognised. 70% of the property is covered with vegetation providing a refuge to native plants and animals that are under increasing pressure from urbanization.

This field trip will  include transport and lunch.

 For interest in this field trip, please contact Susan Fuller:


Option 2: Noosa Biosphere Reserve 

Thursday 28 June

Cost approx. $100

Noosa Biosphere Reserve was designated by UNESCO in 2007 and was the first biosphere reserve recognised in the state of Queensland. The biosphere reserve is home to over 44% of Australia’s bird species, 1,365 species of plants, 711 species of native fauna and 60 distinct ecosystems. The biosphere reserve is recognised globally for its rich biodiversity and dynamic approaches to sustainability and community engagement. This day trip will involve a cultural performance from Gubbi Gubbi Dance, traditional owners of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, followed by sound walks and field recording in terrestrial and aquatic environments. The trip will include a picnic lunch by the Noosa River and delegates will also have the opportunity to visit Mary Cairncross and the Rainforest Discovery Centre on the way to Noosa Biosphere Reserve.

This field trip will  including transport, lunch and all activities.

For interest in this field trip, please contact Leah Barclay:


Option 3: Field Trip to Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve

Friday 29 June (optional day on Saturday 30 June)

Cost approx. $120

The Great Sandy Biosphere Reserve is located in the Southeast Queensland Bioregion in eastern Australia. Renowned for its cultural and ecological significance, the reserve contains the Great Sandy Strait, a Ramsar-listed wetland, and Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reserve incorporates the largest Sand Island and coastal sand mass in the world. This field trip will involve a sonic exploration of aquatic and terrestrial environments including a boat trip where delegates will have the opportunity to record aquatic environments around Fraser Island. This trip will cost approx. $120 including transport, lunch and all activities.

For interest in this field trip please contact Leah Barclay:


Option 4: Field trip to the Einasleigh River, North Queensland

Friday 29 June to Tuesday 3 July

Cost approx. $600-$700

Simon Linke and his freshwater ecoacoustic colleagues are looking for expression of interest for a trip to Simon’s main field site on the Einasleigh River. Talaroo Station is an Aboriginal Protected Area, returned to the traditional owners of the Ewamian Aboriginal Nation. With 6 soniferous species of fish on undisturbed stretches of the Einasleigh River, as well as 150 species of birds, this stretch of land is an ecoacoustician’s heaven.  A potential trip would be run from June 29th-July 3rd and include two daytime travel days to and from Cairns, as well as 3 days on site.

Costs would be approximately $600-$700, which would cover transport, accomodation and catering – all provided by the Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation, to whom 100% of the proceeds would go, plus a flight from Brisbane to Cairns. After the field trip, you will be brought back to Cairns, where you can explore the Great Barrier Reef and the wonders of Cape York.

For interest in the field trip, please email Simon Linke ( by March 2nd 2018.

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