School excursion

The Rookery Roundabout

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), HSIE, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

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The Rookery Roundabout is a school excursion for Stage 1 (Years 1-2) students in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve which focuses on HSIE as a KLA. Join us on a guided walk across Muttonbird Island, and learn about the role of the reserve in protecting a breeding rookery for the wedge-tail shearwater (muttonbirds).

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Students will discover the stages of the life cycle of the shearwaters and explore the impacts of visitors and feral animals. This school excursion interprets the cultural heritage and significance of the island to the local Gumbaynggirr People, and how use of the island by the wider community has changed over recent times.

HSIE: The Need for Shelter

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

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Key learning area HSIE

Excursion details


By arrangement.

Guided. Available on request.
Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

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  • 02 6657 2309
  • 02 6657 2145

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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about The Rookery Roundabout.

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk assessment and risk benefits

Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


Disability access level - medium

Paved pathway with some steep sections not suitable for wheelchairs. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Photo: Rob Cleary/Seen Australia