There is nothing like first-hand experience to reinforce learning. There are a number of itineraries designed for school camps so it’s easier than ever for students to explore Australia’s heritage and culture in Queensland’s stunning Outback. The lesson ideas and itinerary suggestions outlined are just a glimpse of the fascinating world of knowledge that awaits the inquisitive traveller in the incredible Outback Queensland region.
The Outback Queensland Education Tour Subsidy Scheme is an initiative of Tourism and Events Queensland, Outback Queensland Tourism, the Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games and Education Queensland and aims to encourage Queensland schools to take Years 5, 6 and 7 students to visit Queensland’s Outback.
This scheme provides a subsidy of up to $130* per student, to reduce the costs of an excursion in schools located outside the boundary of Queensland’s Outback**. It is paid direct to schools after they have met the eligibility requirements for funding with 50% of the subsidy paid upon approval of an application and the remaining 50% paid upon the receipt of a completed survey and report after the excursion.
* Funds are allocated to schools on a per student basis at rates varying according to round trip kilometers travelled.
** The “Outback” is defined as the Local Government Areas of: Flinders, Richmond, McKinlay, Cloncurry, Mount Isa, Barcaldine, Blackall Tambo, Longreach, Winton, Barcoo, Boulia, Diamantina, Murweh, Paroo, Quilpie and Bulloo, Croydon, Etheridge, Burke and Carpentaria.