Sustainability Tours

Eco Catchment Tours

Our Eco-catchment Education Tours offer schools and the community a chance to follow the water cycle from catchment to reef, and integrates essential infrastructure with the local natural environment, in addition you can discover the hidden world of energy flows in Townsville as well as the wonders of our biodiversity hotspots. Participants can be involved in a wide range of activities. Some of these include:

  • Treatment plant and infrastructure interpretative tours,
  • water quality monitoring,
  • aquatic flora and fauna sampling, and
  • thematic interpretation of our local wetlands and waterways.

Through thematic interpretation, Learnscapes are introduced and connections are made between our built environment and our surrounding natural habitats that may otherwise go unnoticed.

TourActivities
Full Day Catchment Tour

Tour of Learnscapes covering Catchment Management Issues. These tours can include water use and disposal, power use and management.

Half Day Catchment TourTour of selected Learnscapes that can be customised to suit your curricular requirements.
Single Learnscape TourTour of single Learnscape, tailored to your requirements.
Classroom VisitHave an educator visit your classroom to talk about a topic of your choice*.
School VisitHave an educator visit your school with an education trailer (Either Energy or Water trailer).

*We offer these topics: Waste, Water, Energy, Biodiversity and Coastal.

Learnscapes available:

  • Borrow Pits at Ross Dam
  • Ross River Dam Spillway
  • Powerlink Queensland's Ross Substation
  • Louisa Creek gross pollutant trap
  • Baroona Trail
  • Rowes Bay Foreshore
  • Loam Island
  • Mundy Creek
  • Riverway (EcoActive Centre, Itara at Riverway)
  • Townsville City Council (Walker Street and Thuringowa Drive)
  • Kirwan residential area
  • Upper Louisa Creek
  • Greg Jabs Court natural channel design
  • Town Common
  • James Cook University
  • Rowes Bay Sustainability Centre
  • Castletown Lakes
  • Castle Hill
  • Townsville Stadium (formally RSL Stadium)
  • Mount St. John Waste Water Treatment Plant*
  • Hervey Range landfill, recycle buy-back shops, Endeavour factory

*Site visits are limited to Year 9 and above.

For tour bookings, please download and complete our Eco Catchment Tour Booking Form, please read the Risk Assessment flyer before completing the form.

All elements of our Eco-catchment Education Tours tie in with Queensland State Government Education curriculum Key Learning Outcomes.

Our Eco Catchment Tours are certified by Tourism Australia.

Ecotourism, adopted by Ecotourism Australia is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation.

Australia's leading and most innovative ecotourism products that operate with minimal impact on the environment and provide opportunities to learn about the environment with operators who are committed to achieving best practice, using resources wisely, contributing to conserving the environment and helping local communities.
ECO Certified Advanced Eco Tourism

For more information about Ecotourism head to their website.

For further information and to get involved in council's Eco Catchment Tours contact council.