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Field Trips Seven field trips will be offered in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. Advanced registration for all field trips is required. Onsite registration will not be accepted. SVP reserves the right to alter or cancel a field trip due to low registration or if access to sites is limited or closed to the public. In the event of a field trip cancellation, SVP will refund fees in full.

Please note that the dates for the Heron Island trip have changed (see below) due to an airline scheduling change. 

Please note that a 10% tax will apply to all field trip prices. 


All field trip attendees must have personal liability insurance.

1. Exploring the Cretaceous of Central Queensland, Australia: Dinosaur Tracks, Bones and Marine Fossils 
This seven day field trip will journey into Central Queensland where participants will visit various Cretaceous localities which have produced Australia’s most complete dinosaur and marine fossils. Participants will be driven from Longreach to Winton for accommodation check in then we will make our way to Belmont to visit some previous dinosaur dig localities. We will also visit the Lark Quarry (Dinosaur Stampede) and the Australian Age of Dinosaur Museum where dinner and drinks will be provided. From there we will head to Richmond to visit Kronosaurus Korner which houses Australia’s largest collection of Cretaceous marine fossils. There will also be the opportunity to prospect for fossils in the morning and the afternoon at the Richmond Quarries (tools will be provided). From Richmond we will make our way to Hughenden to visit their museum and visit Porcupine Gorge. The last day we will travel back to Longreach to fly back to back to Brisbane on the following day. While in Longreach on the last day there will be the opportunity for participants to visit local attractions that will not be part of the official tour (Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is $32 AUD per adult or $27 AUD for concession; or the QANTAS Founders Museum entry is $28 AUD per adult or $23 AUD for concession; Access to both museums is $50 AUD for an adult or $45 AUD for concession).

Begins: 12:00pm Monday (or when flights arrive in Longreach TBD) September 30, 2019.
Ends: 12:00pm Sunday October 6, 2019.
Note: Flight back to Brisbane 7th October 2019.
Cost: $1220.00 USD per person
Minimum number of participants: 15
Maximum number of participants: 24
Participants are responsible for making their own way to and from Longreach from Brisbane. Estimated cost $600-30/09/2019-07/10/2019. Note: This is not part of the tour costs.

What to Wear and Bring: A hat along with sunscreen and clothing covering your arms and legs for the field. Temperatures in October range from 25 degrees at night up to 40 degrees during the day. So participants should pack for hot weather. A water bottle would be useful. Moderate hiking footwear is required as there will be some walking and a day of fossicking. Although tools will be supplied at Richmond, bring your hammer with you for stops along the way.
Physical capabilities: Must be able to walk on trails for up to 2 km (1.3 miles). Bathrooms may not be easily accessible for parts of the trip. Must be able to endure potential long exposure to sun and wind.
Children: Children 13 and over are welcome only if accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Organizers:
Dr Matt White
fossilised@hotmail.com
0400484696
Dr Steve Poropat
sporopat@swin.edu.au
Adele Pentland
pentlandadele@gmail.com
0433700818/ 07 4741 7326

2. Rocks and Bones from the Red Centre -- CANCELLED
This field trip will give participants a whirlwind tour of some of the major fossil sites and geological wonders of Central Australia. To pack as much content into the trip, it will be operated as a one-way trip. The trip will depart from Alice Springs and will finalize at the iconic Uluru, where participants can fly direct to Brisbane for the conference.
We will visit three fossil localities. First is the Alcoota Fossil Reserve, a Miocene vertebrate locality rich in marsupials, giant flightless birds (dromornithids), and crocodiles. Second is Maloney Creek where vertebrate microfossils can be found in the Horn Valley Siltstone and Stairway Sandstone. The final locality is the Stairway Sandstone of Mount Watt, preserving Ordovician vertebrates.
Two geological sites will be visited. The Henbury Meteorite Crater field is one of the best preserved crater fields in the world. It consists of 13 impact craters, and over two tons of meteorite material has been found scattered around the site. The trip will conclude at the iconic Uluru, a 350m high, 9 km diameter sandstone structure towering over the desert plain. Participants will experience a guided tour of ‘The Rock’ and take in an Uluru sunrise before heading off to Brisbane.
The organizers recognize that many people visiting the meeting may have never visited Central Australia before so we have endeavored to include a number of other attractions in the trip. We will begin the trip with a tour of the Museum of Central Australia. This will give participants the perfect introduction to Central Australia. We will also visit Megafauna Central, a brand new facility which showcases the Alcoota fauna. A nocturnal tour of the Alice Springs Desert Park will allow participants to experience living local fauna close at hand, including numerous rare or endangered species. At Engawala, an Aboriginal community nearest to the Alcoota fossil site we will visit the arts center, where Aboriginal Artists have been working with Megafauna Central to create unique, megafauna-inspired artworks.

Begins: October 4, 2019 (flights will come into Alice Springs on April 4; program will begin at 8:00 am on October 5)
Ends: 0ctober 8, 2019 (the trip officially ends on April 8 at 8:00 am; flights will depart for Brisbane at 9:35 am and 12:40 pm, assuming no airline schedule changes)
Cost: $1200.00 USD per person
Cost includes: Airport Transfer from Alice Springs Airport to Doubletree Hilton, Twin Share Accommodation at Doubletree Hilton, Nocturnal Tour at Alice Springs Desert Park, swags/sleeping bags/pillows/sheets for the nights spent camping, Yulara Coach campground on the final night, most meals (two breakfasts and one dinner in Alice Springs to be paid by participants), Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Tickets
Minimum number of participants: 16
Maximum number of participants: 30

What to wear and bring: October in Central Australia can be quite hot, so hats and water bottles are essential. Prospecting the fossil localities includes rough terrain and the potential of prickles and snakes so long pants and boots are recommended. The nights can be cool so some warmer clothes may be needed. We will provide all excavation gear, and Wayoutback Tours will provide all camping and cooking gear.
Physical capabilities: must be able to walk across tough terrain in hot conditions. Bathrooms may not be easily accessible during parts of the trip.

Field Trip Organizers / Leaders:
Adam Yates
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
adamm.yates@magnt.net.au
(+61) 8951 1144
Sam Arman
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
samuel.arman@magnt.net.au
(+61) 431 197 171

3. Australia’s Prehistoric Serengeti: Plio-Pleistocene Megafauna of the Darling Downs
This three day/two night trip will journey to the Darling Downs, southeast Queensland, famously described in 1893 by naturalist and writer Archibald Meston as a “vast graveyard of the enormous herbivorous and carnivorous animals of the Pliocene or post-Pliocene period”. More than 120 years later, it’s a description that still holds true. This trip will take you to the highlands of southeast Queensland and across the Great Dividing Range. We’ll trek through the UNESCO World Heritage Gondwanan Rainforests whilst hiking Mt Cordeaux of Cunningham’s Gap, the famous entry point to the Darling Downs. The trip will include a stop at the historic Glengallen Homestead, followed by a visit to a local collector’s private museum; one that contains the most exquisite fossils ever found in the region including everything from Diprotodons to Marsupial Lions, massive kangaroos, the giant goanna Megalania, and the other ‘Ice Age’ beasts that called the Darling Downs home during the Pleistocene. We’ll visit Pleistocene field localities in the region before travelling back in time to the Pliocene with a stop at the Chinchilla Sand, a geological formation that has yielded the continent’s most extensive record of vertebrate fossils from this time period. In between, we’ll check-out various country pubs and hotels taking in the best of food, drink, and accommodation that the region has to offer.

Begins: 7:30 am on Saturday 5th of October, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ends: 5:00 pm on Monday 7th of October, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Cost: $290.00 USD per person
Cost includes: Transport, accommodation (twin share), snacks and water, fieldtrip guide, entrance / lunch at Glengallen Homestead.
Cost excludes: All meals other than that at Glengallen Homestead; alcohol.
Minimum number of participants: 12
Maximum number of participants: 17

What to wear and bring: A hat along with sunscreen and clothing covering your arms and legs for the field, raincoat/umbrella. Temperatures can be variable on the Darling Downs, ranging from 5-30°C in October, so participants should bring a combination of cool and warm-weather clothing for both the daytime and overnight. A water bottle is essential. Moderate hiking footwear is required as the terrain is hilly, and in parts with high grasses, although not rocky. Collecting gear such as picks and trowels would be useful.
Physical capabilities: Must be able to walk on trails for up to 8 km (5 miles). Bathrooms may not be easily accessible for parts of the trip. Must be able to endure potential long exposure to sun and wind.
Children: Children 13 and over are welcome only if accompanied by a parent/guardian. They must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult while on the fieldtrip and must not be allowed to interfere with the work or responsibilities of other participants. At all times, parents, carers and responsible adults must ensure the safety of the children that they are supervising.

Leaders:
Dr Gilbert Price
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences,
The University of Queensland
g.price1@uq.edu.au
Dr Julien Louys
Australian Centre of Human Evolution
Griffith University
j.louys@griffith.edu.au

4. Rocks and Fossils of Greater Brisbane
This one-day field trip will give participants a chance to learn about the complex geological history of the Brisbane and Ipswich area and see some of its main vertebrate-bearing localities. Our first stop will be the summit of the granite batholith of Mt Coot-tha, which provides unrivaled 360 degree views of Brisbane and surrounds. From Mt Coot-tha we will travel west to the city of Ipswich, where will examine exposures of the Redbank Plains Formation, the source of one of Australia’s few lower Paleogene vertebrate faunas (freshwater fishes, turtles, birds and crocodylians). Our visit to the Redbank Plains Formation will also allow participants to learn about the indigenous history of the Ipswich area. For lunch, we will visit the Ipswich Nature Centre at Queens Park, which features a range of Australian wildlife (e.g., kangaroos, wombats, quolls, bilbies, birds, reptiles), lush landscaped gardens and exhibits that have been recreated to represent local bushland. The afternoon will be spent examining the richly fossiliferous Upper Triassic (Carnian) Blackstone Formation of the Ipswich Coal Measures. The Blackstone Formation preserves one of Australia’s best examples of an Upper Triassic Gondwanan flora, dominated by corystosperm ‘seed ferns’ belonging to the genus Dicroidium. It has also produced numerous insect fossils, Australia’s only Triassic spider, and Australia’s oldest dinosaur fossils. Tracks discovered as a result of coal-mining operations point to the presence of two types of theropods, one of which had a hip height of approximately 1.5 m.

Begins: 8 am, Monday 7 October 2019, from the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Ends: 6 pm, Monday 7 October 2019, at the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Cost: $55.00 USD per person
Cost includes: Transportation via coach, packed lunch and snacks, a cultural guide, gold coin donation to Ipswich Nature Centre and a printed field trip guide. The cost does not include extra snacks or alcohol.
Minimum number of participants: 30
Maximum number of participants: 48

What to wear and bring: Covered shoes suitable for hiking and walking over rugged, rocky terrain. A hat, sunglasses, along with sunscreen and clothing covering your arms and legs as it likely to be warm to hot. Bring rainwear if it looks like it might rain.  All participants should carry a personal water bottle.  Some fossil collecting gear will be provided, but we recommend bringing a hand lens, rock hammer, gloves and protective eyewear if you have them.
Physical capabilities: Participants must be able to walk on trails and over rocky, uneven ground for about 500 meters (less than half a mile) and endure exposure to sun and wind.  Bathrooms may not easily be accessible during parts of the trip.
Children: Children 13 and over are welcome only if accompanied by a parent / guardian. They must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult while on the fieldtrip and must not be allowed to interfere with the work or responsibilities of other participants. At all times, parents, carers and responsible adults must ensure the safety of the children that they are supervising.

Leaders:
Dr Steven W. Salisbury,
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
s.salisbury@uq.edu.au
Dr Jonathan Cramb
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Queensland
j2.cramb@connect.qut.edu.au

5. Field Trip to Heron Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef -- CANCELLED
This four night field trip to Heron Island and Reef will provide an opportunity for participants to gain an understanding and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), arguably Australia’s most important Special World Heritage Area. Heron Reef is one of the jewels of the GBR having had no recent star fish outbreaks, major bleaching events or cyclones. Hence, it is one of the best places to see this wonderful, diverse ecosystem. Based at the Heron Island Resort, participants will experience the reef margin by submersible and snorkeling and will have professionally guided traverses across the reef flat at low tide and Heron Island itself to observe the ecological and geomorphic context for the reef’s abundant invertebrate (corals, algae and mollusks) and vertebrate (fish, birds and turtles) life. Although the trip is very early in the turtle egg-laying season, some early individuals may be up on the cay at night. It is also the nesting season for much of the island’s diverse bird life. Participants also will be able to visit the renowned Heron Island Research Station run by The University of Queensland, a site where some of the most significant research on the GBR has been conducted for more than 50 years.
The venue is Heron Island Resort, Heron Island, southern Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island lies just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, ~ 70 km northeast of Gladstone, Queensland and within the confines of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and as such no collecting of any type is permitted.
The trip will begin and end at the marina in Gladstone, Queensland. Participants must make their own way to Gladstone. Flights to Gladstone take place both the night before the trip (12th October) and on the morning of the trip (13th October), but be sure that your flight arrives in time to board the ferry for Heron Island (time to be announced) on the morning of 13 October. Please book travel early. Travel to and from Heron Island from Gladstone is included as part of the trip.

Begins: October 14, 2019, Gladstone, Queensland
Ends: October 18, 2019 Gladstone, Queensland

Cost: $1725.00 USD per person
Cost includes: Round-trip travel between Gladstone and Heron Island, accommodation for all nights, all meals, one submersible trip, one snorkel trip by boat, snorkel gear hire, guidebook
Minimum number of participants: 20
Maximum number of participants: 30

What to wear and bring: The climate on Heron Island in October is mild with average highs of 26 ℃ and lows of 21 ℃, generally sunny days and variable wind. You will need clothes that protect your skin in hot weather (e.g., rashi clothing) and that may get wet. You will need a bathing suit, sun screen, large brimmed hat, sun glasses and protection for your feet while on the reef flat. We strongly advise you to bring either wet suit boots with substantial rubber soles or old trainers (running shoes, boat shoes) that you can wear in the water. Some shoes are available to borrow at the resort. You may need a water container to take out onto the reef and may wish to have a backpack to carry your gear.
Children: This trip is not suitable for children.

Organizer/leader:
Prof. Gregory E. Webb
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
The University of Queensland
g.webb@uq.edu.au 
+617 3365 2181

6. Walking with Dinosaurs and Swimming with Placoderms in the Kimberley: Dinosaurian Tracks of the Broome Sandstone and the Upper Devonian Gogo Fish Fauna
The West Kimberley is one of Australia's most spectacular wilderness areas. Its dramatic and relatively undisturbed landscapes cover an area the size of Florida, and in addition to a unique flora and fauna, harbour important geological and fossil evidence of Australia's evolutionary history. This 6-day field trip will start and finish in Broome on the Dampier Peninsula. Together with elders from the local indigenous community, will explore the beaches around Broome and Walmadany (James Price Point), where rocks of the Lower Cretaceous Broome Sandstone preserve the most diverse dinosaurian ichnofauna in the world and trace the journey of a Dreamtime creator being called Marala, the Emu Man. While in Broome we will also go stargazing with ‘Space Gandalf’ Greg Quicke, watch a film at the world's longest-running outdoor cinema, and visit the world famous Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. From Broome we will travel inland to Fitzroy Crossing, where we will examine the vertebrate-bearing Lower¬–Middle Triassic rocks of the Blina Shale, and explore Mimbi Caves and the fossil Lagestätte of the Upper Devonian Gogo Formation with local Gooniyandi cultural guides. The Gogo Formation has the best-preserved and most diverse Devonian fishes in the world, with over 50 species known, and many of the fossils show remarkable 3D bone and soft tissue preservation.  There is also earliest evidence of embryos in placoderms. The Devonian reef systems are exposed along Geikie Gorge, which we will view during a boat trip.

Begins: Arrival in Broome, Western Australia, Monday 14 October 2019; tour begins, 6 am, Tuesday 15 Oct from Broome Time Accommodation (https://broometimeaccommodation.com.au/); NOTE: Accommodation will be booked for the evening of Monday, October 14. 
Ends: 10:00 pm, Friday, October 18.  Check out from Broome Time Accommodation on the morning of Saturday, October 19,  Broome, Western Australia.
Cost: $2,090 USD per person with shared accommodation; with single person accommodation, $2410 USD per person
Minimum number of participants: 12
Maximum number of participants: 19

Cost includes: transportation (4WD bus) and all related expenses; meals; twin share accommodation; National Park entry fees; Mimbi Caves tour; Geikie Gorge Cruise; cultural guides (Broome, Walmadany, Gogo); Astro Tours; Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park; Sun Pictures; printed fieldtrip guide. The cost does not include travel to and from Broome, snacks or alcohol.
What to wear and bring: shoes suitable for hiking and walking over rugged, rocky, wet, and sometimes slippery terrain. A hat, sunglasses, along with sunscreen and clothing covering your arms and legs are recommended, as it likely to be hot. Swimwear is also recommended, but just mind the crocs. Bring light rainwear, as it will be the start of the ‘build-up’ and might rain.  All participants should carry a personal water bottle.  Some fossil collecting gear will be provided, but we recommend bringing a hand lens, rock hammer, gloves and protective eyewear if you have it.
Physical capabilities: participants must be able to walk on trails and over rocky, sandy, wet, slippery, uneven ground for about 1000 meters (less than a mile) and endure exposure to sun and wind.  Bathrooms may not easily be accessible during parts of the trip.
Children: Children 13 and over are welcome only if accompanied by a parent/guardian. They must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult while on the fieldtrip and must not be allowed to interfere with the work or responsibilities of other participants. At all times, parents, carers and responsible adults must ensure the safety of the children that they are supervising.

Leaders:
Dr Steven W. Salisbury
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Queensland
s.salisbury@uq.edu.au
Prof. John Long
School of Biological Sciences
Flinders University
john.long@flinders.edu.au

7. The World Heritage Fossil Deposits of Riversleigh, Queensland
This four day field trip (4 days, 3 nights) will begin in Mount Isa with a 3 hour 4WD trip north to Adel’s Grove near the Riversleigh fossil deposits. Sir David Attenborough has described Riversleigh’s fossil deposits as one of the four most important in the world with Turkana, Burgess Shale and Messel being the other three. The lake and cave limestone deposits exposed in more than 40 km2 of karst terrain are revealing what happened on this isolated continent over the last 25 million years. Since 1976 Riversleigh discoveries have massively increased knowledge about the diversity and evolution of Australia’s terrestrial vertebrates with hundreds of new species, genera, families and even a unique Order of mammals. We will be visiting representative sites and working one of those currently being investigated. The colorful semi-arid habitats around Riversleigh are typical of much of northern Australia with e.g. Red Kangaroos, Dingoes, turtles, pythons and millions of diverse birds. The spectacularly beautiful Gregory River (occupied by only fish-eating Freshwater Crocodiles—you will not be eaten by the wildlife on this trip!) which runs through the area is bordered by remnant vine forest, a reminder of when Australia was cloaked by far lusher, biologically more diverse forests.
The venue will be the luxurious (for the bush!) Adel’s Grove (https://adelsgrove.com.au/). Day trips on 15 to 16 October start from here with a short drive to the Riversleigh World Heritage Area and back again at the end of the day.
Please note: There are daily flights from Brisbane to Mount Isa and back. 

Begins: Monday, October 14
Ends: Thursday, October 17.
Cost:   En suite (twin share) accommodation at Adel’s Grove: $745 USD per person
            Standard cabin (twin share) at Adel’s Grove: $710 USD per person
Cost includes: All road transport, accommodation, and all meals (alcohol/snacks extra). Airfare to and from Mount Isa is not included.
Minimum number of participants: 7
Maximum number of participants: 12.

What to wear and bring: wide-brimmed hat, field boots (limestone rocks are sharp), shoes/sandals, long pants as well as shorts, gaiters, long-sleeve shirts, long hiking socks, swimming gear, compass, pen, space-blanket & pressure bandage, camera/phone, chargers, laptop, sunglasses, geol pick, lots of sunscreen, roll-on insecticide, personal extra foods/medical items, thermos and/or water container, toiletry items.
Physical capabilities: Participants must be able to walk through bush and over uneven ground for about 1000 meters (less than a mile) and endure exposure to sun and wind. Friendly bush flies (non-stinging, non-biting) are easily ignored! Bathrooms may not easily be accessible during some parts of the day trips.
Children: Children over 16 can attend as participants.

Leaders:
Michael Archer
PANGEA Research Centre, UNSW
m.archer@unsw.edu.au
Suzanne J. Hand
s.hand@unsw.edu.au
Troy Myers
t.myers@unsw.edu.au