The following field trips are planned for ESA18. Please note that minimum / maximum numbers apply for all of the field trips. Participant fees below are inclusive of GST.

Bird walk with Professor Hugh Possingham


Participation fee: $5 per person

bus leaving the conference centre at 5am, returning at to the conference centre by 8.45am.


Professor Hugh Possingham’s Oxley Common bird walks are legendary. He has been birding these productive pastures and wetlands almost every week since 2002. Its not unusual for him to point out more than 70 bird species over the 2.5 hour walk, as well as interesting plants and restoration actions on the site. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Brisbane’s amazing biodiversity, and to spend time with one of Australia’s most accomplished ecologists and conservation scientists (and all-round nice human being!).

Oxley Creek Common is a sprawling grassy floodplain along the eastern banks of the Oxley Creek in Brisbane’s southern suburbs. Despite being only 8 km from the CBD, more than 210 species have been recorded on the Common in the last 20 years, making it one of the best birding spots in Brisbane.

The walk is along a well-maintained trail and is flat and easy. Be sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and water.

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Binna Burra (overnight trip)


Dates: Thursday 29 November (3pm) to Friday 30 November (6pm)

Participation fee: $160 per person


THURSDAY 29 November

Depart RICC directly after the conference closing session, and travel by bus to Binna Burra. After settling in, enjoy sunset drinks at the lodge (drinks at own expense).

1900 – Dinner at the lodge (included in participation fee)

Overnight at Binna Burra lodge. Accommodation is bunk beds in permanent safari tents. Shower and toilet block is onsite.

FRIDAY 30 November

Early start (4:30am) for birdwatching

0730 – Breakfast at the lodge (included in participation fee)

Collect packed lunch, and be ready for 9am departure for Dave’s Creek Circuit. There will be plenty of time for birdwatching and other ecological activities.

1200 – lunch at Surprise Rock

1245 – Continue the walk, with a stop for refreshments (own expense) at Tallawullal if required.

Dave’s Creek is an estimated 4-hour walk. Additional time has been allowed for breaks. 

1600 – return by coach to Brisbane (conference venue). Arrive in Brisbane at approx 6pm.

What to bring: 

Sleeping bag, pillow, headlamp/torch, binoculars, camera, water bottle, sturdy hiking boots, hat, hiking gear, wet weather gear, snacks, repellents and a towel.

Minjerribah (Straddie) Day Trip; Traditional Knowledge Tour


Date: Friday 30 November

Participation fees: $180 per person (full day experience); $130 per person (half day experience)


0730 – travel by coach from RICC to the Cleveland Ferry, for your water taxi transfer to the island.

0930 (approx) – you will be met upon arrival on the island by a traditional owner of “Quandamooka”, and descendants of Mooks, who will be your guides for the day.

HALF DAY TOUR OPTION: On this tour you will be introduced to Quandamooka land and sea culture. Your guides will take you to visit places that contain examples of our yurees (totems); we have both land yurees and sea yurees. In each location you will be introduced to the law and stories that are enshrined in our yurees, and will learn how these stories and laws form the central core of our living heritage, connecting Dandruba people to ‘country’.

Depending on the season, you will also have a chance to participate in gathering some of the resources we manage, and cooking / eating them in traditional ways. Morning tea will be provided.

FULL DAY TOUR OPTION: This tour will take you to a range of different environments on North Stradbroke Island – lake, creek, dunes, saltwater.

At each Location you will be introduced to the yurees of the place and learn about their environments and the way we, as traditional owners, have managed the resources since the first man set foot in Quandamooka country.

You will have the chance to harvest at least one seasonal resource and incorporate it into your morning tea and and lunch, and will learn about Dandruba management Law while you are collecting your meal.

NOT INCLUDED: you will need to purchase your own ticket for the water taxi. The cost is $14 (return) per adult; $12 (return) per student; $8 (return) per child.

 D’Aguilar National Park Day Trip – cancelled


Mt Mitchell Day Trip


Date: Friday 30 November

Participation fees: $75 per person


0800 – travel by coach from RICC to Cunningham’s Gap. Walk part of Mt Mitchell Track to the lookout, where we will stop for a picnic lunch (included). Total hike is approx 10km.

1500 – return to RICC (arrive Brisbane approx 1700).

INCLUDED: coach transfers, picnic lunch 

What to bring: sturdy walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, plenty of water, hat.

Environmental Arboretum at Griffith University

Date: Friday 30 November

Participation fees: $20 per person

The Griffith University Arboretum was once a cow paddock before being transformed by the planting of over 20,000 native trees in 2014. Funded by the Australian Government, this planting now provides a home for koalas, creates access to Slacks Creek and has given the local community a wonderful green space where they can connect with nature. This 8.09 hectare site also focuses on locally rare and threatened species and species of significance to Indigenous people and early Europeans. Participants will be guided around the arboretum to observe firsthand how it is developing. They will hear from the project team about how the concept of an environmental arboretum was developed. The team will discuss the rewards and challenges of delivering a revegetation project that has multiple land use benefits, including the ecological, educational, amenity and passive recreational benefits.
Partners in the project include Griffith University and the Water and Carbon Group.


0800 – depart RICC by coach and travel to Griffith University, Logan Campus.

0915 – presentation from the project team about how the concept of an environmental arboretum was developed. The team will discuss the rewards and challenges of delivering a re-vegetation project that has multiple land use benefits, including ecological, educational, amenity and passive recreational benefits.

1030 – morning tea

1045 – enjoy a guided exploration of the Griffith University Arboretum where you will be able to meander along shady pathways, learn about the history and meaning of different plant species and ecosystems, and end up in a hidden vale looking out onto Slacks Creek

1215 – lunch

1300 – travel by coach back to RICC (arrive 1400)

INCLUDED: coach transfers, morning tea and lunch.