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Rainforests and waterfalls

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Katoomba area

Overview

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Experience the magic of the rainforest in this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) geography excursion in Blue Mountains National Park. Students will visit lush, temperate rainforests and waterfalls that were created and shaped over millions of years.

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What are the factors that combine to create a rainforest? And which native plants and animals call this place home? These questions and many more will be answered on this guided tour through Katoomba's rainforest.

Groups can choose Round walking track in Katoomba Falls (2 hours). Or they can take the impressive Furber Steps down the cliffs and ascend on the Scenic Cableway (2.5 hours). Please note that the cost per student for these options varies.

Throughout this immersive experience, students will explore the diverse features and interconnectivity of the iconic Blue Mountains environment. They'll learn about NPWS's role in protecting and preserving this World Heritage-listed site for generations to come.

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

Stage Stage 3 (Years 5-6)
Key learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of places and environments

GE3-2. Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments

GE3-3. Compares and contrasts influences on the management of places and environments

GE3-4. Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry

Objectives

Students will:

  • Explore the different features and natural characteristics of the rainforest
  • Use geographical tools to observe and collect information about this area
  • Learn about Aboriginal connection to Country and the traditional methods for managing this special place
  • Examine how people have changed the landscape over time, and identify any future risks to the landscape
  • Find out how this area is managed by NPWS
  • Investigate how habitats can be managed to support wildlife in the national park 

Excursion details

When

Monday to Friday during school term

Availability
Guided. Available on request.
Where
Furber Steps-Scenic Railway walking track, Katoomba area
Duration
2-2.5 hr
Grading
Medium. Round walking track is a 680m walk with steep stairs and a short descent and ascent. Furber Steps are an impressive extension and require additional physical effort. A return ascent on the Scenic Cableway takes the effort out of the spectacular return trip. Groups should come prepared for a guided bushwalk and activities on an uneven surface. We'll pause at lookouts to take in the geography of the area.
Price

$295 per group for up to 20 students (plus the cost of a one-way Scenic World Cableway ticket if this option is taken up). GST included. For groups of more than 20 students, additional park staff are required and additional fees will apply. 

Accessibility
Hard
Meeting point
Katoomba Falls Kiosk
Equipment
provided
Yes
Booking
If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
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Blue Mountains National Park. Photo: Jeremy Little/OEH