Field Trips & Independent Travel
The Australia Center is especially well suited for students whose areas of academic interest are indigenous peoples and environmental sustainability. Students also have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through an internship that is linked to one of the required courses.
Field trips will vary based on course topic and instructor. Students should expect field trips to include a variety of local excursions as well as two extended (4 day/ 3 night) field trips. The local trips may include walking at Cape Byron and at Broken Head, snorkeling at Julian Rocks (off the coast of Byron), hiking at Minyon Falls and visiting Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. In years past, the curriculum included two extended trips out west to Washpool, Bald Rock and Girraween NP on one trip, and down south to a number of coastal and tableland national parks, including Yuragyr, Dorrigo, Oxley Wild Rivers and Cathedral Rock, on the other. These national parks feature open-canopy bushland and subtropical rainforest, some of it world heritage-listed, waterfalls worth swimming under, rocks worth climbing, secluded camp grounds, and plenty of great hikes. Extended trips may include an Indigenous component (relevant to both the People and the Environment course: guided walks on country, bushfood tasting, and some art or some hunting/gathering).