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Exploring the rainforest

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Geography, Booti Booti National Park


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Explore the diverse rainforest environment of Booti Booti National Park on a geography school excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students. You’ll go on a guided rainforest walk, collect field data and participate in a bug survey.

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Students will be guided through the park and introduced to different coastal and rainforest ecosystems. They’ll discover what a rainforest is, determine why they’re such special places and how we can conserve them.

As they explore, students will identify sustainable practices while considering the significance of the rainforest. They’ll take part in activities along the way including rainforest art, data collection, bug survey, nature observation and sensory awareness.

Starting from The Ruins campground, students will venture out to stunning Seven Mile Beach before taking a short walk south to Booti Hill. During winter, they may be lucky enough to see whales as they ascend through twisted eucalyptus. Students can take in the view before heading off to investigate the unique rainforest area.

As they explore, students will uncover the mysterious wildlife that call this special place home, including brush-tailed possums and white-bellied sea eagles.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

GE2-3. Examines differing perceptions about the management of places and environments

GE2-4. Acquires and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Take a guided walk through a rainforest
  • Observe and identify some of the plants and animals living in the rainforest and the relationships between them
  • Identify sustainable practices
  • Investigate the way people value national parks
  • Discuss who organises and manages places like Booti Booti National Park and why national parks are so important
  • Observe the human impact on the rainforest and how this can be managed

Key inquiry questions:

  • How does the environment support the lives of people and other living things?
  • How do different views about the environment influence approaches to sustainability?
  • How can people use places and environments more sustainably?
  • What are the features and uses of Booti Booti rainforest?
  • What animals live in Booti Booti rainforest?
  • How is Booti Booti rainforest valued and how can we sustainably protect it in the future?

Excursion details


Weekdays during school terms.

Guided. Available on request.
Medium. Guided tour and activities along an unsealed walking path including sand, grassed area and stairs.

$380 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

Meeting point
The Ruins campground carpark
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Park info

  • in Booti Booti National Park in the North Coast region
  • Booti Booti National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. Day passes are available from the Manning Great Lakes Area Office, Bulahdelah Visitor Information Centre and the Hawks Nest Newsagency.

    Buy annual pass
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