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Mountain landscapes

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Katoomba area

Overview

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Mountain landscapes is a school excursion for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) students in Blue Mountains National Park which focuses on geography. Explore the famous escarpments of Katoomba on a guided tour through a variety of ecosystems and landforms.

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Students will investigate the major geographical processes operating in this uplifted, dissected sandstone plateau and be immersed in the rich biodiversity of this mountain landscape, including open forest, wet forest and rainforest.

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 4 (Years 7-8)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE4-1. Locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

GE4-2. Describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

GE4-4. Examines perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

GE4-5. Discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability

GE4-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Explore the geomorphic processes that created the Blue Mountains
  • Use simple tools and maps to observe and identify features of the natural environment
  • Examine ways the NSW National Parks sustainably manages and protects landscapes and landforms
  • Investigate the issue of bushfire in the Blue Mountains environment

Excursion details

When

Monday to Friday during school term.

Where
Katoomba area in Blue Mountains National Park
Duration
2-2.5 hr
Grading
Medium. 2.4km walk in terrain with uneven surfaces, including a descent of 900 stairs down Furber Steps and returning via the Scenic Railway or Cableway (at additional cost).
Price

$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.

Accessibility
Hard
Meeting point
Wentworth Falls, Echo Point or Furber Steps in Katoomba.
Equipment
provided
No. We can provide a selection of worksheet questions for teachers to compile prior to excursion for students.
Booking
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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Perrys Lookdown drive, Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Nick Cubbin