School excursion

Living world WildTracker at Audley

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), Science and Technology, Royal National Park

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Join us on a WildTracker Science and Technology excursion for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) students at Audley in the Royal National Park. We'll don our detective hats and investigate, explore and analyse the natural environment, identify and group species, and discover the key elements that make up quality habitat for native plants and animals.

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From our base at Audley, we'll learn about the critical relationships between certain plants and animals, and uncover physical evidence leading to deeper enquiry. Our NPWS guide will help students locate amazing wildlife and explain national parks' ongoing role in protecting their ecosystem.

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

Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area Science and Technology
Student outcomes

ST2-1WS-S. Questions, plans and conducts scientific investigations, collects and summarises data and communicates using scientific representations

ST2-2DP-T. Selects and uses materials, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity

ST2-4LW-S. Compares features and characteristics of living and non-living things

ST2-5LW-T. Describes how agricultural processes are used to grow plants and raise animals for food, clothing and shelter


Students will:

  • Explore and examine the beautiful, natural environment at Royal National Park 
  • Investigate the features and adaptations of a range of native plants and animals, discussing interdependencies 
  • Develop skills of scientific enquiry through observation and discussion
  • Learn about the role NPWS plays in protecting and conserving the environment, including protective interventions such as preventative burns.

Excursion details

Weekdays during school terms.
Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Guided tour and activities along a bush track. Activities amongst leaf litter and in a grassed picnic area.

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

Meeting point

Meet at the Royal National Park area office carpark at 159 Farnell Avenue, Audley Heights. The office and carpark are located 100m past the park entrance on the left.

Buses please report to the Royal National Park area office. An NPWS guide will join the bus, then the group will continue on to Audley Weir.

Yes. All equipment provided.
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All the practical information you need to know about Living world WildTracker at Audley.

Program outline

  • Explore our natural environment along a bush track to find out about the amazing plants and animals that live within the park  
  • Carry out investigations to find some of the invertebrates living in the undergrowth by searching for and examining invertebrates among the trees 
  • Discover the relationship between plants and animals through investigations and identify evidence of life cycles.

Getting there and parking

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    From Loftus turn off Princes Highway at Farnell Avenue.


    Bus parking is available at Audley. The bus needs to drop the group at Audley Heights and pick them up 1.6km down the hill at the Audley Weir car park at the finishing time.

    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.