Nature is a great teacher
Slowing down and observing your surrounds as one navigates the terrain ensures time to notice the small things around us. The tiny and intricately detailed pond lilies, the vast array of bird life, the transition in soil types and terrains all become evident, sparking intrigue and enquiry into the local eco-system and wider environment.
As part of your 'Welcome to the Expedition' interview, we'll try and get an understanding of what part of our story interests you the most, is it Volcanology, Flora and Fauna, Indigenous Connection, Outback Cattle Station Life, or the footsteps of explorers such as Leichhardt? We then ensure we find and source the best resources to nourish your interests. As an example, working with local universities, we access subject matter experts to contribute to your understanding of the experience.
Thought leaders include
Janine Ghurtz - Gugu Budhun Leader and PhD Student James Cook University.
Janine’s cultural heritage is drawn from her North Queensland connections to both the Gugu Badhun in the Upper Burdekin region (Kinrara included) and the Ngadjon-ji on the Atherton Tablelands. Janine’s research interests are grounded in her community development and nation-building work with the Gugu Badhun Aboriginal Nation and through her representation of Gugu Badhun issues at:
- the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (New York) in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
- the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Geneva) in 2010 and 2012
- the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ seminar on "Strengthening Partnerships between Indigenous Peoples and States: treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements", (Geneva), in 2012.
Her PhD will use the example of the Gugu Badhun Aboriginal Nation to examine the practical application of self-determination as a right articulated within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Our learning style
By no means do we ram information at you, experience has taught us, that natural enquiry into the environment around you is part and parcel of an Expedition style adventure, people naturally want to know more. Therefore, we collaborate with subject matter experts, invite them for part or all of the Expedition, then they're on hand to answer questions, converse about topics and immerse you in their understanding of Kinrara National Park and Station.