School excursion

WildThings at Audley

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Royal National Park

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Discover 'wild things' on this Stage 1 (Years 1-2) science and technology excursion. We'll explore the beautiful natural environment at Audley, and examine the diverse life found there. Interacting with the living world has never been more fun.

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Students will enjoy a short bushwalk at Audley, and get a close-up look at diverse plant and animal habitats. They'll search for mini-beasts, test their senses and construct a habitat of a chosen animal out of natural materials. During our preserved animals talk, students will also get a chance to view some native and introduced species that are found in the Royal National Park.

This is an action-packed excursion for enquiring minds in Australia's first national park – Royal National Park.

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

Stage Stage 1 (Years 1-2)
Learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST1-4LW-S. Describes observable features of living things and their environments

ST1-2DP-T. Uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST1-1WS-S. Observes, questions and collects data to communicate and compare ideas and comparing what they and others know


Students will:

  • View our preserved animals to learn about the different features and habitats of animals
  • Explore the natural environment, discover plants, habitats and evidence of animals in the area
  • Connect with the environment by searching for mini-beasts and participating in sensory activities
  • Learn about habitats 

Excursion details

Weekdays during school terms.
Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Includes guided activities in a shaded amphitheatre and a bushwalk through woodland, which includes stairs. Activities happen on grass and in bushland near the river.

$20 per student for groups of 25 or more. GST included. For smaller groups conditions apply.

Meeting point
There are two options for this excursion. If your class is completing the Honeymoon track as part of the excursion, please meet at the carpark of Royal Area Office, 159 Farnell Avenue, Audley Heights. Otherwise, please follow Farnell Avenue down the hill to Audley Road, cross the weir and turn right into Triangle carpark at Ironbark Flat, where our guides will meet your buses.
Yes. All equipment provided.
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All the practical information you need to know about WildThings at Audley.

Program outline

  • Acknowledgement of Country and safety talk
  • Preserved animal talk
  • Bushwalk and sensory activities: How do we use our senses and how do animals use their senses?
  • Mini-beast hunt
  • Hands-on activity – build a habitat using natural materials

Getting there and parking

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Get directions

    Audley Dance Hall Cafe is in the Audley precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:

    From Loftus:

    • Turn off Princes Highway at Farnell Avenue
    • Continue down the hill and drive across Audley Weir
    • Turn right into Triangle carpark just after the weir

    From Waterfall:

    • Turn off Princes Highway at Waterfall train station
    • Follow McKell Avenue to the end
    • Turn left onto Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and follow to Audley
    • Turn left into Triangle carpark just before the weir

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather


    Bus parking is available at Audley.

    What to bring

    It’s a good idea to wear long pants, closed comfortable shoes and bring a hat and sunscreen. Be ready for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat. And remember to bring food, water, first aid kit and any necessary medications.

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    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

    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

    Assistance may be required to access this area. If you have someone with special needs, please let us know in advance so that we can plan accordingly.