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School excursion

WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park

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

Info for teachers

Everything you need to know about WildTracker at Dorrigo National Park.

Program outline

  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
  • Explore the rainforest environment, taking part in hands on activities; tree shake and leaf damage detective
  • Examine and discuss the diverse species that call the forest home. Explore their co-dependencies and the interconnectedness of all things.
  • Discuss UNESCO World-Heritage listings, what’s involved in protecting the environment, and the work undertaken by NPWS.
  • Farewell and depart 

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. Remember to bring extra food and water, and any necessary medications. Please bring your belongings in a backpack rather than a plastic bag.

Getting there and parking

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    Dorrigo Rainforest Centre is in the western precinct of Dorrigo National Park.

    To get there from Armidale:

    • Drive east along the Waterfall Way for approximately 90 minutes
    • Turn left into Dome Road approximately 2km after you pass through Dorrigo

    To get there from Coffs Harbour:

    • Travel south along the Pacific Highway
    • After crossing Bellinger River, take the Waterfall Way exit to Dorrigo via Bellingen
    • Turn right at Dome Road and continue for approximately 1.6km to the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

    Park entry points

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    Weather restrictions

    • All weather

    Parking

    Parking is available at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, including bus parking and several designated disabled spots.

    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

    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.

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - medium

    Guided activities on a grassed area, along an unsealed track and amongst the leaf litter and gravel creek bed. There are some shallow creek crossings.

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    Park info

    • in Dorrigo National Park in the North Coast region
    • Dorrigo National Park is open daily (except Christmas Day) 9am to 4.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    View from behind the Crystal Shower Falls. Photo: Michael van Ewijk