Available Semester 1 and Semester 2

BIOL2001 introduces you to the flora and fauna of the Australian continent. Through lectures and fieldtrips, you will examine a range of Australian animals. You will also learn about Australian soil and vegetation types, along with those historical factors that have helped shape this continent’s distinctive terrestrial environment.

The course will give you a broad understanding of ecological principles and processes that are specific to Australia, and will allow you to critically assess the impacts of human development and activities on our fragile terrestrial ecosystem.

Field Trips

Brisbane Forest Park
This half day fieldtrip is a great chance to experience some of SE Queensland’s magnificent rainforest. At Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre you will also get to see a platypus and mainland Australia’s largest marsupial carnivore, the spotted-quoll.

Fraser Island World Heritage Area
This five day fieldtrip to the world’s largest sand island includes several hikes and four-wheel-drive excursions to various island ecosystems, ranging from the endless beaches to the towering inland rainforest. Highlights include hikes to spectacular freshwater lakes and giant sand dunes, as well as spotlighting for dingos.

Lamington National Park
This optional full day fieldtrip allows you to see a fascinating variety of rainforest, eucalypt, mallee and heath vegetation in Lamington National Park, part of the World Heritage Central Eastern Rainforest Reserve on the Queensland/New South Wales border. A 12km return walk also provides magnificent views of Springbrook, Mt Hobwee, and the Tweed Volcano (Mt Warning/ Wollumbin), and a chance to encounter red-necked pademelons, Albert's Lyrebirds and Richmond birdwing butterflies. 

Australia Zoo
This full day trip to what was once the home of the late great ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin will allow you to get up close and personal with Australia’s unique wildlife. Through a series of ‘behind the scenes’ tours, Zoo staff will share with you their passion for Australian animals, including crocodiles, snakes, echidnas, kangaroos, wombats and birds.

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BIOL2001 Volunteer Conservation Program

BIOL2001 has teamed up with Wildmob to offer students an opportunity to become involved in meaningful wilderness conservation work in remote and beautiful Australian destinations.

Wildmob is looking for students who have completed BIOL2001 to help with volunteer conservation work on Bramption Island (part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area), Avocet Nature Reserve (central Qld), Wollemi National Park (NSW), Kings Runs (Tarkine, NW Tasmania) and Kosciuszko National Park (NSW/Victorian border). Volunteers will help with a range of activities contributing to conservation and environmental management, and can expect to be involved in re-vegetation, erosion control, invasive flora management and native fauna surveys. To find out more about specific projects, click here.

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