Education & Curriculum Topics

Dig the Tropic is a world leader in geo-tourism – defined as “tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place, its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents”. This means, not only will Dig the Tropic offer a great school and student group destination, it will also provide educational outcomes to complement primary and high school curriculums and university courses in the fields of the geo-sciences, social sciences, history, the natural environment, and „people and places‟ subjects.

Suggested educational topics or projects include:

  • Geology – the formation of local fossils, opals and gemstones; where they are found
  • Science/s – geography of the unique National Parks in the region
  • Palaeontology
  • Dinosaurs – the rise and fall of Winton’s dinosaurs
  • Volcanos – volcanic plugs and lava flows/eruptions in the region
  • Ancient cave systems – Mt Etna Caves National Park, Capricorn Caves
  • History – historical and geological time-line; Teutonic Plates;
  • Tropic of Capricorn
  • Flora and Fauna – National Parks (birds, reptiles, insects, mammals, marsupials; vegetation)
  • Unique geographic sites – Great Barrier Reef, Capricorn Caves, Carnarvon Gorge; how they were formed; discovery and history of major geographic sites
  • Indigenous history – local sites and Aboriginal history; Dreamtime stories (Blackdown Tableland National Park)
  • The Great Artesian Basin – geo-history of the Artesian basin and the formation of ‘jump-ups’.