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The Daintree Rainforest Observatory is the ideal place to get secondary students connected to principles of biology, ecology and biodiversity, and tertiary students exposure to field conditions.

A visit to the DRO is a unique sensory immersion nature experience within the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest in Australia. The tropical rainforest ecosystem of the Daintree is one of the most complex on Earth and has the highest biodiversity of anywhere in Australia. The Daintree rainforest also has species that date back 110 million years! 

The modern teaching and conference facilities are designed with student-centred and inquiry-focused practice in mind. The open design and flexible spaces create many vistas where one can look up to rainforest-clad mountains or down over sweeping views to the Coral Sea. This is one of the few areas in the world where the reef meets the rainforest and the only place where two World Heritage Areas sit side by side. The modern amenities, along with rich biodiversity and geographical remoteness, create a unique and inspirational learning environment.

A number of pre-prepared curriculum-linked resources are available for teachers, and the DRO can also offer an education facilitator to enhance students' learning experiences.

More information

  1. Budget a school trip Budgeting tips and worked sample budgets for three-day and five-day stays. budgeting
  2. Plan a trip Planning to get to the DRO. plan
  3. Teaching resources Units for Year 9, 11/12 and IB, plus down­loadable work­sheets. resources
  4. Book a visit Check the booking calendar and enquire about or make a booking at the DRO. bookings
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