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Venture to the falls at Dorrigo

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


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Venture to the falls with your NPWS guide on this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) geography excursion in Dorrigo National Park. Together we’ll explore the important geographical concepts of place, environment, interconnection and sustainability.

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Starting at the spectacular canopy-top Skywalk lookout, students will gain an appreciation of the geological landforms of the Great Eastern Escarpment. We’ll sight the Ebor volcano before delving deep into the World-Heritage-listed Dorrigo rainforest. 

Here we’ll use fieldwork techniques to observe how plants and animals have evolved curious and wonderful strategies to maximise their survival. Making our way to Crystal Shower Falls we’ll stop at various observation points for exploration and discussion. 

Students will learn about the Gumbaynggirr People, the traditional custodians of this land. We’ll discuss how they live and interact with their Country now and over millenia. We’ll explore the changing human values and management practices affecting the rainforest over time. 

This excursion is designed to support the K-10 geography syllabus topic Factors that Shape Places. 

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

GE3-2. 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


Students will:

  • Visit the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforest 
  • Observe the physical landforms that make up part of the Great Eastern Escarpment 
  • Use geographical tools of enquiry to better understand the local environment at Dorrigo 
  • Observe the adaptations of various plants and animals that have evolved to thrive here 
  • Learn about the Gumbaynggirr People; the traditional custodians of this land.
  • Explore the Crystal Shower Falls and discuss their significance to living things in the area  
  • Gain an understanding of the nature of a World Heritage-listed place, its significance and how it’s cared for.

Excursion details

Guided. Available on request.

$305 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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