Tinaroo explore


Lesson Purpose

  1. Consider the impact and importance of Tinaroo Dam on the development of the Tablelands.
  2. View the display which illustrates the layout of the Atherton Tableland's district, its history and the extent of Lake Tinaroo.
  3. View the geographical characteristics of the area.

Year Levels

Year 4-7

Time Required

2 hrs


TEEC staff member

General Information

Canoe and hike (approx. 3km) activity. Involves a paddle to the Tinaroo township and a walk to the Tinaroo Dam Lookout. 

Australian Curriculum

During the course of this activity it may be possible to target a number of the "Content Descriptions" across year levels four to seven.

Year 4

Science Understanding
Biological sciences
  • Living things have life cycles.
  • Living things, depend on each other and the environment to survive.

Earth and space sciences

  • Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity.
Science as a Human Endeavour
Use and influence of science
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions.
Unit 2 : Sustainable use of places 
  • The importance environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people.
  • The use and management of natural resources and waste, and different views on how to do this sustainably.
  • The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability.

Year 5

Science Understanding
Biological sciences
  • Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
Science as a Human Endeavour
Use and influence of science
  • Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions.
Unit 2 : Managing Australian communities
  • The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places.
  • The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place management of spaces within them.
  • The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond. 

Year 6

Science Understanding
Earth and space sciences
  • Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface.
Unit 5 : Making decisions to benefit my community
  • How the concept of opportunity cost involves choices about the alternative use of resources and the need to consider trade-offs.
  • The effect that consumer and financial decisions can have on the individual, the broader community and the environment.


Year 7

Science Understanding
Biological sciences
  • Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities, can be represented by food chains and food webs.

Earth and space sciences

  • Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable.
Geographical Knowledge and Understanding
Unit 1 : Water in the world
  • The classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource.
  • The ways that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places.
  • The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents.
  • The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa.
  • The economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and people of the Asia region.

Unit 2 : Place and liveability

  • The factors that influence the decisions people make about where to live and their perceptions of the liveability of places.
  • The strategies used to enhance the liveability of places, especially for young people, including examples from Australia and Europe.
Last reviewed 05 February 2020
Last updated 05 February 2020