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Visit a real rainforest

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), HSIE, Katoomba area


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On this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) HSIE school excursion in Blue Mountains National Park, join a Discovery ranger-guided tour down the cliffs into the lush temperate rainforest of Katoomba. As we explore the park, we'll answer the following questions: What is the recipe for a rainforest? Whose habitat is this?

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Choose to walk the fabulous and shorter Katoomba Falls Round Walk (2 hours) or take the historic Furber Steps further down the cliffs to Scenic World's Scenic Railway (2.5 hours) (additional cost). Alternatively, continue on the 'rainforest boardwalk' before ascending on the Scenic Cableway (additional cost). This program is also offered in Leura.

Blue Mountains National Park is right at Sydney’s doorstep. It is part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area that protects one million hectares of bushland and wilderness recognised for its exceptional flora and fauna, landscape and ecological diversity and for its cultural significance for six Aboriginal language groups. Blue Mountains National Park protects an ancient landscape of vertical cliffs, high plateaux, windswept heath, rainforest, waterfalls and rare and ancient plants. There is a network of heritage walking tracks and trails that take extraordinary advantage of the landscape.

For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Key learning area HSIE
Student outcomes

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments

GE3-4. Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Investigate how habitat can be managed for wildlife in the Blue Mountains National Park
  • Examine how people have changed the landscape
  • Find out how this area is managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service including the effect and impacts of bushfire
  • Hear about the importance of this Country to Aboriginal people and how they have managed this place
  • Use some geographical tools to observe and collect information about this area
  • Examine how people can prevent and minimise the effects of a bushfire

Excursion details


Monday to Friday during school term

Guided. Available on request.
Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track, Katoomba area
2-2.5 hr
Medium. The Round Walk is a short 680m walk with some stairs and a short descent and ascent. The Furber Steps is a 1km step descent returning via the Scenic Railway or Cableway (at additional cost). Discovery Ranger guided bush walk and activities on uneven surfaces in the bushland environment and at lookouts.

$295 per group for up to 20 students (plus the cost of a one-way Scenic Railway or Cableway ticket if applicable). Additional park staff will be required for groups of over 20 students at extra cost. Prices include GST.

Meeting point
Katoomba Falls Kiosk.
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Jeremy Little/OEH