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Our environment

“…this area features luxuriant rainforests, tall eucalypt forests, waterfalls, boulder-strewn creeks and spectacular scenery. The diverse forests provide homes for a wonderful variety of wildlife including more than 120 species of birds and many mammals. The threatened but seldom-seen yellow-bellied glider lives in the open forest. Some rare and threatened species which occur only in the Conondale and Blackall ranges are found here, including the cascade tree frog and red goshawk.”

Our natural surroundings are second to none. Located in the middle of a large national park, native flora and fauna proliferate the area and this provides an excellent site for environmental studies. Combined with our extensive Indigenous, gold mining, logging, and forestry histories and you will begin to appreciate that this is a very special place, with extensive avenues for further study.

Our centre is surrounded by dry and wet schlerophyl forests and our walks from the centre allow students an opportunity to completely immerse themselves in these surroundings. It’s one thing to study the different ecosystems within the classroom, but it's completely different to experiencing it first hand!

Where possible, we love to offer the opportunity to sit still in the forest and listen to the life that abounds in the area. We analyse the forest features and students then recall this information for a video presentation or debrief.