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Year 12 Geography/Biology Field Trip

Last Monday, an intrepid group of Year 12 Geography and Biology students set off to explore the concepts of ecotourism and biodiversity at two sites in the Rockhampton Region.  We spent 3 days at the North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre where we learnt about alternative energy, experienced composting toilets and investigated marine creatures. We also snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef and outriggered (canoes) around the island group. On Wednesday afternoon, we travelled to Capricorn Caves, just outside Rockhampton, and spent part of the next two days exploring the wonders of the limestone formations. These caves were formed at the bottom of the ocean and then lifted through tectonic forces. We got to sing in the chapel, navigate through the dark crevasses, slip through wet bat guano and climb through very tight spaces to find our way out. We emerged from our adventure tour considerably dirtier than when we went in. We also learned how the ecotourist business operates and gains certification. Our thanks goes to Mr Nebe who ably drove the bus and showed us his composition and singing skills, and Miss Mallet who displayed impeccable organisation and was very skilled at getting out of a tight spot.