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School excursion

The rookery roundabout at Muttonbird Island

Stage 1 (Years 1-2), Science and Technology, Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about The rookery roundabout at Muttonbird Island.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing 
  • Divide into groups (1–30)
  • Walk the path across the island, various interpretation stops 
  • Examine the nesting rookery of muttonbirds and discuss their adaptations and unique breeding cycle
  • Discuss the broader ecosystem and connection between all living things here 
  • Farewell
  • Walk back to bus

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).

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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 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 - no wheelchair access

The Muttonbird Island walking track includes sections of steps, a narrow path and steep gradients. It is not considered wheelchair accessible.

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Park info

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