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How to book a school excursion with NSW National Parks

Find all the information you need to plan and book a unique school excursion for students in one of NSW’s beautiful national parks.

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How to book

Our central booking office will help you with your school excursion plans and then put you in touch with the relevant NSW national park office to finalise the details. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. 

What you need to know

Group sizes

Group sizes vary according to the excursion you book. In general, we limit groups to 20 – 30 students to meet National Parks safety guidelines, comfort and ease of moving through an outdoor environment. For hands-on excursions such as WilderQuest programs, groups are capped at 20 students.

Adult supervision

One teacher needs to accompany each group of 20 – 30 students. Teachers remain responsible for the supervision of students, and schools must ensure that an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.

Cost

Prices vary depending on the school excursion and in most cases, minimum student numbers apply.

Medical conditions or special needs students

Some national parks have accessibility options. Please advise us of students with special needs or accessibility requirements when making your booking so that we can plan accordingly. This includes any students with medical conditions, such as allergies.

What to wear and bring

We recommend that students wear enclosed, comfortable shoes suitable for walking. It's a good idea to bring a hat and sunscreen and be ready for all weather conditions by packing a raincoat. Remember to bring food, water and any necessary medications. We advise that students pack their gear in a small backpack or similar, not in plastic bags. Teachers, please carry a first aid kit with you to each school excursion. 

The weather

All excursions will go ahead as planned unless cancelled or postponed for safety reasons. NSW National Parks staff will assess the weather forecast and conditions on the day.

Risk assessment

Venue and safety information is provided prior to the excursion and teachers should make their own risk assessment based on the information provided. Teachers and carers are asked to be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting the excursion site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher at all times.

Cancellation and postponements

If your school has booked an excursion and needs to cancel, please contact our booking office by phone immediately. Options for rescheduling to a different date can be discussed if needed. A formal written cancellation is required by email from the organising teacher.

If NSW National Parks staff need to cancel, postpone or make changes to an excursion due to weather or other foreseen events, we will contact the teacher as soon as possible.

Furber Steps - Scenic Railway Walk, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Steve Alton