Study Cairns Newsletter – July 2019
Rainforestation – A backstory spanning two generations
A backstory spanning two generations. The success of the CaPTA Group’s award-winning Kuranda tourism attraction, Rainforestation Nature Park, is due to an incredible relationship between two families that spans over two generations. The Woodward family, founders and owners of the CaPTA Group and the Enoch family who are from the Quandamooka (North Stradbroke Island) and Kaanjtju (Lockhart River) tribes, have been working together for over a quarter of a century.
Since they began working together in 1993 to pioneer the Rainforestation Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience, the two families have consistently collaborated to enhance the understanding and celebration of Indigenous Culture to guests from all around the globe and to the local tourism sector. Fast forward a quarter of a century and Pamagirri have welcomed around 2,900,000 visitors.
Since CaPTA’s commencement in 1976, founders Charles and Pip Woodward recognised the importance of supporting, preserving and sharing Australia’s Indigenous culture to foster reconciliation and this continues to be at the core of CaPTA’s brand ethos.
NEWS: Rainforestation recently welcomed two rescued wild-born koalas. The two female koalas, Kandy and Willow, have recently arrived at Rainforestation from Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Hospital. Both of the adorable marsupials were originally rescued from the wild and are unable to return due to sustained lifetime injuries. READ MORE
Cairns Kangarooms Student Living offers clean, comfortable and safe student accommodation right in the middle of Cairns city.
Our 5-star resident reviews from international students say it all:
“I recommend Kangarooms 100% – it was my home for two months. The house is amazing, comfortable and very clean. It is close to Cairns Central Shopping Centre. The Kangarooms team are friendly.” Valentina, Chile
“I really recommend this place. Everything is clean, I stayed there very comfortably. All the staff are very kind. The shopping mall is nearby, there is nothing inconvenient.” Ruri, Japan
“Everything is clean and very comfortable, most importantly, the location is perfect, everything is close to you.” Isabel, Mexico
Book for 2019 at $189 per week, all inclusive:
• King-single room with study desk
• Weekly linen change
• Air conditioning
• Unlimited wi-fi
• Pool, BBQ & seating
• 24-hr video surveillance, security gates and more!
Email Cairns Kangarooms or by phone on +61 417 499 667
Migration Plus says studying in Cairns actively encouraged by Australian Government
Studying in Cairns offers more opportunities. Recent migration trends show that the Government will actively encourage migrants to permanently settle in Regional areas in the future, and the decision where migrant completed studies may become even more important. Migration pathways to work and live in regional areas of Australia are undergoing drastic changes in choices of temporary visas that will come into effect later this year, including Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) 491 visa and Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) 494 visa. The number of Skilled independent visas will become very limited. The FNQ DAMA agreement may also provide further opportunities to find sponsoring opportunities in Skilled occupations that are in high demand in the Cairns and FNQ areas. Visit our website for more information.
Making the right choices, where to study and which migration pathway to choose is an important decision. With reliable migration advice, your goals can be achieved. Consult the specialist team at Migration Plus for migration advice you can trust.
Cairns Student Lodge is the only fully catered Purpose Built Student Accommodation in Cairns. The Lodge has plenty of availability for semester 2 of 2019 and beyond.
• Long Term Students at James Cook University (JCU), Central Queensland University (CQU), Aviation Australia, Cairns TAFE or checkout our Cairns partners
• Short term Accommodation
• Study Tours and sporting, cultural, school groups
IDP Cairns is the official IELTS test centre in north Queensland
IDP Cairns is the official IELTS test centre in the FNQ and offers regular tests in Cairns, Townsville and Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Our Team also provides support to the customers in their preparation for the test: our IELTS Masterclasses, General Training Practice Tests and regular sessions at the Cairns Student Hub are aimed to provide important information about the test and useful preparation advice, as well answer some of the questions you might have about IELTS.
Please contact our friendly team in Cairns on Email IDP or call +61 7 4031 3466. Our office is located on Level 1, 130 McLeod Street, Cairns.
Cairns College of English & Business – it is never too late to start learning!
Cairns College of English & Business says it is never too late to come back to school: “we now feel 20 years old”.
” After a long flight, we fulfilled our desire to go to Australia. The day after our arrival in Cairns we started our classes at CCEB where they received us with a lot of love and willingness, making our study and community life at school much easier and more enjoyable.”
“We are the oldest students at CCEB school, in our 70s and 80s and with this experience, we can say that it is never too late to come back to school. This is an invaluable and remarkable experience that we will never forget as we now feel 20 years old,” said Margarette Bucher and Washington Wells, both international students in Cairns from Chile.
We invite everyone who is young-at-heart to join this experience and come to Cairns College of English to study, rejuvenate their souls and enjoy the beauty Queensland can offer.
Great Barrier Reef operator Downunder Cruise and Dive recently celebrated having carried over 150,000 guests on board luxury vessel Evolution to the Great Barrier Reef.
Evolution presents an experience that appeals across markets, including the student, youth and backpacker markets as well as the high-end visitors looking for a world-class VIP experience with our new Gold Class package. The arrival of Evolution into the marketplace signified a major positive shift in the quality and service level being provided across the reef tourism industry in Cairns.
Evolution was built for speed as well as comfort and with a cruising speed of 20 knots takes just 80 minutes to reach the outer Great Barrier Reef resulting in a record 5 hours of reef time for guests.
Instrumentation Training expands at EIM International
EIM International is currently the only RTO actively delivering UEE31211 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control to International students in Cairns. This is a skill shortage and has already seen great traction at both their Gold Coast and Cairns campuses with two classes per campus running weekly.
The program running for 103 weeks and not only sees the students develop theory, simulated practicals and technique, they are also exposed to vocational placement. EIM International has worked hard to secure industry relationships seeing several students already building long term relationships in several industries such as aviation, wastewater, brewery and manufacturing. This qualification is unique and is a trade that is quickly overtaking traditional trades with the world becoming automated.
Contact Chloe to learn more Email or phone +61 7 4031 4027
Kuranda Koala gardens has a new exciting exhibit ‘Aussie Bush Collection’ featuring Koalas, Long-nosed potoroos, Bearded dragons and Blue-tongue lizards. This exhibit is a great educational experience for your student groups to learn more about Aussie Bush animals up close. They can also view Wombats, Quokkas, freshwater crocodiles, pythons, frogs, lizards.
Hartley’s has two new arrivals. Spectacular Glia Monster is a brightly coloured lizard native to deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. It is one of only two truly venomous lizards found worldwide. This is the first time a venomous lizard has been on display in North Queensland. The second new arrival at Hartley’s are Indian Star tortoises which is a threatened species found in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. What a great way for your student groups to learn more about these species and more with our knowledgeable wildlife keepers.
JCU International Student Merit Stipend supports students
The JCU International Student Merit Stipend helps provide financial security to support excellence to eligible students from Asia, Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East. The Stipend supports student excellence by providing monthly payments of A$700 to assist with expenses throughout the duration of study at James Cook University (JCU), providing a strong GPA is maintained each semester, as outlined in the scholarship offer.
The International Excellence Scholarship recognises and rewards excellence to eligible students from the United States, Canada, Latin America, the United Kingdom and Europe. The Scholarship provides a significant tuition fee reduction throughout the entire duration of approved full degree study programs, provided recipients continue to maintain a strong GPA each semester, as detailed in the scholarship offer.
Scholarship eligibility is automatically assessed during the admissions process and eligible students will receive an offer for both their program of study and the scholarship/stipend concurrently.
On The Wallaby is a Cairns-based company who have been running tours for over 20 years and recently expanded to cover tailor-made tours, unique accommodation and educational programs for student groups.
Specialising in the Atherton Tablelands, Outback, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest, the team at On The Wallaby aims for the right mix of learning and fun to ensure that the students are more engaged and open to learning. The eco-lodge has become popular for groups, providing the opportunity to experience firsthand sustainable practices in use, affordable accommodation, meals, and night wildlife canoeing tours. Tours feature sustainability and ecology studies, ecosystems at risk, agri-tourism, unique & rare wildlife experiences, service projects, geography studies, adventure activities, indigenous culture, all transportation, accommodation, meals and activities.
AJ Hackett Cairns is super excited to unveil plans for a new treetop adventure certain to strike fear into the hearts of even the strongest amongst us. Plans for an EcoZip Rollercoaster Zip Line are in full swing – with the build aiming to commence before the end of the year. The EcoZip will be the highest of its kind in the world – stay tuned for more updates to come!
Students are invited to make the most of their Sunday’s in Cairns – visit AJ’s every Sunday from 2pm for live music, drinks offers, Bungy’s, Swing’s and great company! AJ’s is open every day from 10am and features Cairns’ highest lookout tower – students can climb this for FREE any day of the week for epic views of the Great Barrier Reef!
Cairns Aquarium Adventure Study Tour
The Cairns Aquarium Adventure Study Tour sees students enjoy a guided tour of the Cairns Aquarium to learn about the habitats and species of Tropical North Queensland. Visit the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and a Behind the Scenes tour and receive an eco friendly re-usable Nemo bag.
Immigration Gurus approved in Far North QLD Designated Area Migration Agreement
Immigration Gurus is pleased to announce the approval of the Far North Queensland Designated Area Migration Agreement (FNQ DAMA) after months of advocating, research, information sessions and the preparation and presentation of an extensive business case. In consultation and collaboration with the Cairns Chamber of commerce there has been a successful lobby to the Federal government to acknowledge the specific needs of our region to find a solution which will assist in filling specific skills shortages facing the Cairns region. A DAMA (Designated Area Migration Agreement) is a type of labour agreement which allows employers to sponsor skilled and semi-skilled overseas workers in positions which they are unable to fill with locally available workers. The FNQ DAMA is very specific and covers the Far North Queensland region including the Cassowary Coast, the Tablelands, Mareeba, Cairns & the Douglas Shire.
Immigration Gurus specialise in creating pathway plans for students to get the most out of their time in Australia, whether it be for a short term stay or long term residency. If you’d like to work with a locally-owned and operated migration agent who knows the region and who can support your students on the ground here in Cairns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Banora International Group announces the launch of AusID Global
Banora International Group is excited to announce the launch of AusID Global. AusID Global is a unique personality profiling application that once completed, matches International students with one of four Australian animals providing them with an explanation of their communication styles and behavioural traits. The primary purpose of this product is to educate International students about their personalities, improve their opportunities and experiences, improve current disengagement and ultimately reduce depression and other mental health conditions that can arise whilst studying abroad.
AusID Global teaches students how to manage stressful situations, adopt ideal study skills, improve communication skills, identify career paths, develop resilience, and understand we are all different and it’s ok to be oneself.
Banora International Group will be incorporating this application into all of their programs and provide opportunities for others within the International Student sector to purchase this program for their students to benefit from as well. For more information Email AusID Global
Cairns Sharehouse is the ultimate student accommodation
Home to over 140 residents, Cairns Sharehouse offers the ultimate in student accommodation. Located within minutes of education providers, downtown Cairns and the vibrancy of the beautiful lagoon and entertainment precinct, Cairns Sharehouse provides the supportive benefits of student accommodation with the flexibility of an off-campus lifestyle.
Family owned and operated for over 18 years, students can expect to find their home away from home. Bright rooms, comfy beds, relaxed tropical surroundings with friendly flatmates and supportive management. Cairns Sharehouse caters for a wide range of budgets including single, double and even twin share rooms which offer the perfect way for students to stay and study even longer. Superb facilities including resort-style swimming pool, spas, onsite laundry and unlimited high-speed wifi, plus professional weekly cleaning, nightly security, airport shuttle bus service, bike hire, tour bookings and social events all ensure that students can simply unpack, relax and belong!
YouSTUDY International College is Cairns’ premier language education provider
YouSTUDY International College is Cairns’ premier provider of language education courses for international students. We believe that studying English should be a life-changing experience for every student.
The College has been in its current location for nearly 30 years, originally known as International House, then Kaplan International Cairns. The College is now privately owned and run by Cairns resident Carol Doyle.
Our institution welcomes students from around the world into a variety of courses designed to help improve their English language skills, fluency and confidence as well as assisting them to prepare for all major international English exams.
YouSTUDY International College is proud to be the only Pearson (PTE) Test Centre in Far North Queensland, has been the longstanding test centre for Cambridge Exams and hosts the IELTS Test Centre. Students are also able to choose direct pathways into a range of Higher Education options in Cairns including CQUniversity, James Cook University, TAFE and the International College of Queensland.