Are you passionate about teaching science and engaging your students with issues around climate change? Would you like to increase your knowledge of coral reefs to inform your teaching practice and share insights with your students? Would you like to experience life on a working coral reef research station?

Following two successful student trips in 2022 and 2023, the Lizard Island Research Station is hosting a study tour just for teachers in 2024.

18 places are available for NSW primary and secondary teachers on the Lizard Island Coral Reef Study Tour 2024: a 7-night trip to the Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station. There, you will be guided by marine scientists as you learn more about coral reefs and marine research.

These beautiful reef ecosystems are home to huge biodiversity and currently undergoing a period of rapid change. This tour will provide a rich stimulus for students of all ages or an excellent case study for senior biology students.

What is the program?

The Lizard Island Coral Reef Study Tour is an immersive, live-in educational experience in coral reef science on the Great Barrier Reef led by marine scientists.


The Australian Museum’s Lizard Island Research Station, an hour’s flight north of Cairns.


21 to 28 September 2024.


The 2024 study tour is for teachers who are employed in 2024 at any school in NSW at either primary or secondary school level. There are places for 18 teachers.

We are seeking inspirational educators who will make the most of this opportunity by incorporating their experiences into their teaching.

How much?

The cost of this trip, starting in Cairns, is covered by the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation. The only cost to participants is for a portion of their own travel between home and Cairns, and for travel insurance which covers any activities that will be undertaken as part of the trip. The program will reimburse up to $300 of the cost of that travel for participants who live in Greater Sydney, and up to $500 for those who live elsewhere in the state.

The program covers flights between Cairns and Lizard Island, accommodation at Lizard Island Research Station, food, a busy educational program run by marine science professionals, and equipment for boating and snorkelling. These things are valued at $3,600 per person.

How can I take part?

Application details are below. Selection is based on meeting eligibility criteria, a personal statement, and a letter of support. Applications close on 21 June 2024. We will let you know the result of your application by 5 July 2024.


Click here to learn more or to apply to be a part of the Lizard Island Coral Reef Study Tour 2024 on the Australian Museum website.