Holloways Beach is a suburb of Cairns approximately 13 km north of the city centre. The Holloways Beach Environmental Education Centre (established in 1990) is located at the northern end of Holloways Beach and is within five minutes of local estuarine creeks and rivers. This unique location enables easy access to mangrove, estuarine, beach and urban environments. Boating, water quality testing, aquariums, crab tagging, mangroves, beach and urban programs are offered to students from Year 4 to Year 12 on overnight camps with school groups, preschool —Year 12, on day excursions. The close proximity of rainforests and freshwater creeks also enables the centre to work with local primary and secondary schools in developing water quality projects, historical trails, recreational studies and Aboriginal cultural programs. Personal development programs involving leadership, group cooperation, trust, initiative and problem-solving activities are used to promote active informed citizenship in groups camping at the centre.