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Reef Education

With education comes appreciation

Tropical North Queensland is where two World Heritage icons meet and together they form one of the world’s greatest natural treasures. Don’t miss out on a thing by taking advantage of the many guides who have accumulated a wealth of specialist knowledge over the years.

For instance, while there’s no way you’ll miss a giant potato cod out on the reef, a knowledgeable guide can point out the tiniest aquatic treasures such as a pygmy seahorse. Likewise in the Wet Tropics: it’s easy to spot the iconic southern cassowary but you might need help to see the well-camouflaged fernwren as it pokes about in forest litter looking for food.

Opportunities to interact with experts are everywhere, whether it’s talking to a marine biologist on a reef trip or listening to an informative talk at Reef Teach, the reef education centre in Cairns. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander guides bring a deeper connection to these awe-inspiring landscapes. Take a Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk through Mossman Gorge with a traditional owner, who’ll pass on their knowledge of the rainforest, or use traditional methods to catch a mudcrab on a Walkabout Cultural Adventures tour at Cooya Beach, just outside Port Douglas.

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