TRAVELLERS to Far North Queensland are being given the opportunity to understand the global importance of the ecosystems and help local organisations care for their future.
Expeditions exploring the World Heritage-listed reef and rainforest in Tropical North Queensland enable visitors to not only experience the wonders of the north but also support them.
Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said extended tours involving scientists and wildlife volunteers were growing in popularity with travellers wanting a deeper connection with the environments they were visiting.
“Snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef is a very special experience that helps the reef as each visitor pays a $7 Environmental Management Charge towards managing the health of the reef,” he said.
“Some visitors want to contribute more by participating in environmental surveys recording data on the reef through citizen science activities.
“Hands-on assistance is not always possible, but many expeditions give valuable support to volunteer-run organisations such as the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or the Tolga Bat Hospital simply by paying to bring their guests there.
“We are finding that extended volunteer opportunities are popular with students who want to experience Tropical North Queensland’s lifestyle while helping at places like Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas.”
There are also one-off opportunities to assist global volunteer organisations including Tangaroa Blue and Parley for the Oceans that organise community events in the region.
People can engage with Coral Expedition Cruises, Spirit of Freedom Expedition, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, FNQ Nature Tours, Rainforestation Nature Park and the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas.
For more information and to register your interest head to each individual businesses websites.