School excursions on the NSW South Coast
School students will enjoy a unique educational experience when they visit national parks on the NSW South Coast. From Aboriginal cultural sites to rich rainforest and coastal environments, there’s plenty for students to explore.
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What’s on offer on the NSW South Coast
Take your class to the NSW South Coast to discover its varied environments, from cascading waterfalls in Morton National Park, to rocky escarpments with sweeping coastal views in Barren Grounds Nature Reserve.
The region extends south from Wollongong to the Victorian border. Take in the famous white sands of Jervis Bay National Park and Seven Mile Beach, which provide plenty of opportunities for school students to engage with nature. Just north of Batemans Bay, lie the important cultural sites around Murramarang National Park. On the far South Coast, in Ben Boyd National Park, Davidson Whaling Station gives students a unique insight into the long-gone whaling industry and its practices.
Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park is an award-winning environmental education facility where school excursion programs are delivered along a network of elevated walkways and paved tracks throughout the rainforest. Students can go on a guided walk and learn what makes this environment so special.
Highlights for schools
- Experience the Minnamurra Rainforest ecosystem. See trees with buttress roots, strangler figs, hanging vines and learn about the living things that depend on the forest.
- Learn about the role of national parks and the importance of protecting and respecting Aboriginal culture in a variety of south coast locations including Jervis Bay, Murramarang and Morton National Parks. Discover traditional food sources, bush tucker and medicine.
- Find out the history of the whaling industry at Davidson Whaling Station, and how killer whales assisted the family who worked there.