Early in Term 1 a group of intrepid Year 12 IB Geography students set off on the inaugural Kangaroo Island fieldwork trip. The purpose of this camp was to explore the characteristics of tourism on the island and the ways in which tourism has impacted key visitor sites as well as the major settlements of Penneshaw and Kingscote.
Upon arrival on the island the group experienced one of the highlights of the trip, an ocean safari tour. The party were transported on a rapid inflatable craft that took them close to a range of wildlife including seals, sea eagles and dolphins. Then, after carrying out mapping of tourism infrastructure in Penneshaw we headed west to Flinders Chase National Park, our home for the next 2 days. The rangers from the Department of Environment provided a fascinating talk upon arrival in the national park, highlighting numerous threats to biodiversity in the area, including the new threat of drones being used by tourists.
The second day started at Kelly Hill Caves, a spectacular cave formation. After a guided tour the students completed a range of fieldwork activities including mapping of tourism management infrastructure, collection of visitor movement data and surveys of levels of biodiversity. These activities were repeated in the afternoon at the iconic site of Seal Bay, together with a talk from guides at the park.
The final day involved collecting more data at Remarkable Rocks along with a visit to a bird show at the excellent Raptor Domain attraction. A quick visit to Kingscote completed the trip before interviews with tourist managers at Penneshaw. The trip was highly successful and the students represented the School with distinction. I would like to thank Barbara Hunt and Andrew Quinn for their assistance in running the camp.
Head of Geography