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CAIRNS – FIELD TRIPS

Footslopes, flats, estuary and reef: problems and solutions on the tropical coast
(East Trinity Tour)

Footslopes, flats, estuary and reef, challenging ecosystems in a challenging climate. This tour will take you from the footslopes of the Malbon Thompson ranges through the flats, estuary and mangroves of the East Trinity inlet and out to Green Island. First half of this trip will take you on a trip through the problematic disturbance of decades past on acid sulphate soils, rehabilitation efforts undertaken and scientific based solutions developed. The second half of the trip will take us out to Green Island and the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to discuss current threats to the worlds largest coral reef system.

This tour will highlight how serious investment in evidence based practice can achieve significant improvements in land and water conditions in some of the most challenging landscapes of Far North Queensland. Balanced against the significant work still to be done to protect one of Australia’s most iconic natural wonders.

What to bring: Sturdy covered shoes, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunscreen, raincoat optional (just in case), water bottle, swimming gear (swimmers, towels, etc).
Cost: $200
Included: Transport, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Reef Island Boat

Threats and trends in protecting a national icon: Great Barrier Reef tour
(1/2 day tour)

The Great Barrier Reef is a national icon facing a number of threats. This half day trip will take us out to Green Island and the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef to discuss current threats to the world’s largest coral reef system. On route to the reef we’ll discuss the current threats and trends we see impacting the reef. Followed by a visit to the unique ecosystems of Green Island and a Glass Bottom boat ride across the reef.

N.B. (1) This tour is a half day tour that joins the second half of the “Footslopes, flats, estuary and reef tour”. (2) Attendees wishing to snorkel on the reef will need to miss components of the tour due to time constraints of this half day tour.

Departure Time: Midday
Departure Location: Cairns Conventional Centre
Return Time: 5 pm

What to bring: Sturdy covered shoes, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunscreen, raincoat optional (just in case), water bottle, swimming gear (swimmers, towels, etc).
Cost: $150
Included: Transport, Afternoon Tea and Reef Island Boat

Tropical agricultural soils and water quality

This field tour will venture south of Cairns to explore the various activities being conducted on farms to improve water quality leaving fields and ultimately entering into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. The coastal landscape throughout this humid wet tropical region is dominated by sugarcane and banana cropping, and is surrounded by steep rainforest mountain ranges that receive the highest annual rainfalls in Australia. Site visits will include agricultural trials investigating management practices that reduce nutrient losses in surface water runoff and leaching, in addition to nitrate leachate removal ‘bioreactor’ walls and constructed wetlands designed to intercept sediments and nutrients before leaving farms

Departure Time: 6.45 am

Departure Location: Cairns Conventional Centre

Return Time: 5 pm

What to bring: Sturdy covered shoes, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunscreen, raincoat optional (just in case), water bottle

Cost: $120

Included: Transport, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea

Tablelands Tour

Tropical north Queensland has a diverse agricultural sector which is one of the largest contributors to the economy of the Cairns Region.  This field tour provides an overview of the soils supporting agriculture across the region, their origins and management in vastly differing and challenging landscapes.  Beginning with a visit to soils supporting sugarcane on the humid Wet Tropical Coast, the tour will continue up the Eastern Escarpment to the sub-tropical and temperate grazing, dairying and cropping country of the Atherton Tablelands.  The tour will then go on to the semi-arid dry tropical environment of the northern Tablelands to visit irrigated horticultural soils before returning to Cairns

Departure Time: 7 am

Departure Location: Cairns Conventional Centre

Return Time: 5 pm

What to bring: Sturdy covered shoes, hat, sunglasses, long sleeves, sunscreen, raincoat optional (just in case), water bottle, gear to use when getting down and dirty in pits.

Cost: $120

Included: Transport, Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea

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Conference 27 June – 2 July 2021

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Lea Boodee – PCO
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P: +61 3 8080 8087
E: Conf2021@soilscienceaustralia.org.au

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