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Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park

Stage 3 (Years 5-6), Geography, Dorrigo National Park

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Join us and explore the rainforest in this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) Geography excursion in Dorrigo National Park. Students will experience the diverse features and characteristics of this subtropical Gondwana Rainforest of Australia.

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Sensing the Rainforest is a school excursion in Dorrigo National Park for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) students focusing on Geography outcomes. Ranger-guided activities encourage students to experience the rainforest through their senses, describing the diverse features and characteristics this Gondwanan rainforest environment.

Through guided, sensory activities such as silent sit spots, blindfolded games and nature observation, students become immersed in the rainforest. Differing perceptions about the management of places and environments are explored, through the lens of National Parks and Wildlife Management of this unique subtropical rainforest.

Students acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry through map reading and interpretation and field observation.

This excursion is designed to support the Geography K-10 syllabus topic The Earth’s Environment.

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

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

GE3-1. Describes the diverse features and characteristics of 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


Students will:

  • Visit a rich natural environment
  • Experience the World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest of Australia
  • Engage with the environment using all their senses
  • Discuss differing perceptions about the management of environments  
  • Read and interpret a map and participate in field observations
  • Practice care and trust in team activities. 

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.

$260 per group (includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

No wheelchair access
Meeting point
Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, via Waterfall Way and Dome Road
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All the practical information you need to know about Sensing the rainforest at Dorrigo National Park.

Program outline

  • Meet at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre
  • Welcome, acknowledgement of Country and safety briefing
  • Walk 1km to The Glade picnic area
  • Interpretation by NPWS guide summarising the main natural and human impacts which put this ecosystem at risk
  • Interpretation of rainforest features through various sensing games along the track
  • Return to The Glade picnic area for lunch and bus pickup
  • Farewell and depart

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    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.

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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 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 - no wheelchair access

    Activity path includes a medium gradient timber ramp about 30 metres long, narrow sealed tracks with some uneven sections.