The project is delivered on Magnetic Island, and participants will stay at a beachfront holiday home in Magnetic Island.
* Please note that not every expedition has couples’ or single's accommodations available. Please call or email Earthwatch to check for availability prior to reserving your space(s) on the team.
Single gender rooms are assigned with 2 participants per room. Participants will have access to the kitchen and recreational facilities offered there (e.g. swimming pool).
Rooms are shared; gender segregated. Couple room requests can be accommodated depending on the available space at the holiday home. Each room is equipped with a ceiling fan, air conditioner, and has screened windows. Bed linens (flat and fitted sheet, pillow and pillowcase) are provided. Participants on Team 2 (July) may encounter cooler overnight temperatures, and so a blanket/sleeping bag (appropriate for the temperatures encountered) may be required depending on how cool you feel at night.
* Earthwatch will honor each person’s assertion of gender identity, respectfully and without judgement. For both teen and adult teams, where logistics dictate single-sex accommodations or other facilities, participant placements will be made in accordance with the gender identity the participant specified on their Earthwatch Participant form and/or preferences indicated in discussions with Earthwatch.
There are 4 bathrooms throughout the house. These shared facilities offer hot water showers and toilets. Participants may wish to bring a pair of sandals for the shower.
There is 24-hour electricity and all rooms are equipped with working power sockets. Participants are asked to conserve energy wherever possible to help conserve power consumption. Additionally, due to changes in load demand, this may result in low level surges in the power supply. It is recommended that if visitors are using sensitive electronic equipment to bring surge protection boards.
There is no Wi-Fi at the accommodation, neither desktop internet nor computers so participants will have to bring their own laptop and Wi-Fi dongles should they wish or need to use the internet during the expedition. Mobile phone reception is widely available on Magnetic Island. Telstra Mobile tends to have the best coverage in Australia. Communication between teams of participants on-site will be via VHF radio.
DISTANCE TO THE FIELD SITE
Participants will be transported to the field locations, and the furthest distance between sites is ~8 km by land. All sites are within the bays of Magnetic Island and so accessible from shore. A boat will provide support for in water activities, though this will depend on what activities are planned for the day/season.
FOOD AND WATER
Earthwatch will provide all food during your stay at the research site.
Participants and staff will be responsible for making their own continental breakfasts in the morning.
Lunch will be had in the field, and participants and project staff will be expected to make their own sandwiches in the morning before departing. Fruit and snack foods (e.g., muesli bars) will be available to pack as well.
Dinner will be a cooked meal and all participants will be expected to participate in the preparation of meals according to a roster. Be prepared to have a little fun with this! The Principal Investigator organizes a friendly “master chef” style competition from the cooking roster, and many participants enjoy this whole- heartedly. Evening meals will be hearty and comprise meats, vegetables, pasta, rice etc. BBQs will be planned but will be dependent on the weather. There will also be one night out at the Arcadia Bay pub for dinner, where meal costs will be covered but any alcoholic beverages will be at participants own cost. This will be to partake in the local tradition of cane toad racing!
Housekeeping will be shared, with small teams assigned to duties each day. Tasks may include washing and drying dishes, sweeping the kitchen floor, wiping benches, cleaning the bathroom, packing away chairs and tables after meals etc. A roster with full tasks will be established on the first day of the project.
Fresh drinking water will always be available at the accommodation quarters. Magnetic Island is supplied with treated potable town water and is suitable for drinking without treatment. Water should not be wasted however as the Island is in the dry tropics.
Tea and coffee will also be readily available at the accommodation.
The following are examples of foods you may find in the field. Variety depends on availability. We appreciate your flexibility.
- Breakfast: Cereal, toast and spreads.
- Lunch: Sandwich meats, spreads and salads, cheese, fresh fruit, muesli bars.
- Dinner: Pasta, curries, stir-fry, BBQ meat and salads, sauces, etc.
- Snacks: Crackers, fruits, sweet biscuits, muesli bars.
- Beverages: Coffee, tea, milk, fruit juices / cordial, water.
SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
Please alert Earthwatch to any special dietary requirements (e.g., diabetes, lactose intolerance, nut or other food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets) as soon as possible, and note them in the space provided on your participant forms.
Accommodating special diets is not guaranteed and can be very difficult due to availability of food, location of field sites, and other local conditions.