A study tour through the Kimberley and Northern Territory involving students from the Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management course at Muresk has been declared an outstanding success.
The 11-day tour highlighted the job opportunities for young professionals in remote agricultural and horticultural enterprises in the Northwest and central north of Australia.
The tour focused on providing students with a dynamic learning experience focusing on an understanding of primary production and business in different climates and cultures as well as living remotely and health in remote areas.
The students started the tour in Broome and took in other Kimberley locations such as Beagle Bay, the Yeeda abattoir, Windjana Gorge, Tunnel Creek, GoGo Station, Halls Creek and Kununurra.
In the Northern Territory, the group stopped in Katherine before heading to Darwin, where they heard from Muresk graduate Luke Bowen, who is now the general manager of Northern Australia Development House.
The group also visited Berrimah cattle yard, buffalo and crocodile farms, Charles Darwin University and several historic sites.
Students ended the tour with dinner alongside Muresk graduates at the Darwin Sailing Club.
Head of the School of Agribusiness at Muresk Christine Storer said the tour gave students an understanding of tropical farming and agricultural systems.
"Our aim is to produce graduates with knowledge and skills ready to work in a wide range of industries," she said.
"Industry support for the trip has been fantastic.
"We have seen amazing crops and enterprises, as well as lots of innovation."
This year's tour follows trips to South Africa, Europe and one to Queensland and New South Wales last year.
Lindsay McNeill is from the Central Regional TAFE School of Agribusiness.