School excursion

Sensing the rainforest

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), HSIE, Iluka Nature Reserve

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Sensing the Rainforest is a Stage 2 (Years 3–4) school excursion in Iluka Nature Reserve, focusing on HSIE Geography outcomes. Students experience the rainforest environment through sensory exploration.

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The program brings to life the wonders of Iluka Nature Reserve through fun and engaging ranger-guided interactive activities. It supports the study of ‘The Earth’s Environment’.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area HSIE
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:

  • visit a rich natural environment
  • experience the World Heritage rainforests of Iluka Nature Reserve
  • engage with the environment using all their senses
  • practice care and trust in team activities.

Excursion details

Weekdays during school terms
Iluka Nature Reserve
1hr 30min
Easy. Suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.
$235 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups with more than 30 students, conditions apply.
Meeting point
Long Street carpark, at the south end of Iluka Nature Reserve.
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Info for teachers

All the practical information you need to know about Sensing the rainforest.

Program outline

  • Take a break if required at public toilets in Spenser Street, Iluka.
  • Meet at the entrance to Iluka Nature Reserve, Long Street, Iluka.
  • Easy grade walk through the rainforest, with frequent stops for ranger-guided activities.
  • Return to start and farewell rangers at Long Street, Iluka.

Getting there and parking

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    • Turn off the Pacific Highway onto Iluka Road, 38km south of Woodburn, or 10km north of the Clarence Bridge (near Maclean).
    • At Iluka (17km from highway) turn left onto Spencer Street.
    • Turn left onto Denne Street, then right onto Long Street.
    • The carpark is adjacent to the Iluka Nature Reserve entrance in Long Street.


    Parking is available.

    What to bring

    Please 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 and any necessary medications.

    It’s a good idea to pack your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag because we have some curious birds who may try to break in and share your lunch with you.

    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 - easy

    Assistance may be required to access some sections of Iluka Rainforest walk.