The Cape Tribulation Tropical Research Station is a research and conservation organization that specialises in lowland tropical ecosystems, in particular those of the Daintree lowlands, and has been in operation for over 22 years.
The Research Station was established in 1988 by Hugh Spencer and Brigitta Flick in the wake of the Daintree Blockade (1984) which drew world attention to the plight of the area and to its highly vulnerable conservation status.
Volunteers will assist in research activities and the daily running and maintenance of the Research Station, the Bat House and the 25 acre grounds; thereby contributing to the overall success of AUSTROP and its conservation aims.
Possible activities are:
The Research Station has two well-equipped airconditioned laboratories and a workshop, as well as extensive field equipment (HPLC, GC, Gel Electrophoresis, microscopes, histological facilities, and so on).
The Research Station can accommodate up to 20 people in 4 comfortable, if basic, two-room bunk houses. The cabins are furnished with bunk beds, 2 or 4 persons per room. Some double rooms are available for couples. All linen, pillows and blankets are provided. The facilities are basic and fairly spartan, but comfortable.
directed by AUSTROP is situated in the Daintree tropical lowlands, considered to be the 'jewel' of the Australian Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This is a very special area of rainforest sandwiched between the coastal fringing reef (and the Great Barrier Reef) and the coastal mountain range (which rises to over 1000 meters (3,000 feet)). The area has a wide variety of habitats from coastal reefs to tropical rainforest.