School excursion

Journey to an ancient world

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, New England National Park

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Journey to an ancient world is a school excursion for Geography in New England National Park for Stage 4 (Years 7-8) students. Journey back in time to the ancient rainforests of the Gondwana super-continent.

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The journey provides a window into the ancient past when rainforests covered the land we now call Australia. Students gain an understanding of the evolution of rainforest over geological time and the geographical processes that form and transform environments.

Students will be guided through a diverse and unique high altitude environment of snow gums and cool temperate rainforests, with spectacular vantage points giving perspective to the processes that continue to shape this environment.

Students will acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry through map reading and interpretation, the use of fieldwork instruments for weather information and field observations.

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Stage Stage 4 (Years 7-8)
Learning area Geography
Student outcomes

GE4-1. Locates and describes the diverse features and characteristics of a range of places and environments

GE4-2. Describes processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

GE4-7. Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for inquiry


Students will:

  • Describe processes and influences that form and transform The Great Escarpment and Ebor Volcano
  • Understand how the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia represent remnants of once widespread rainforest and the significance as World Heritage protected area
  • Know how global climatic changes have a profound effect on Australia's vegetation and bio-diversity
  • Acquire and communicate geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry through map reading and interpretation, the use of fieldwork instruments for weather information and field observations.

Excursion details


By arrangement.

Guided. Available on request.

$520 per group (price includes GST). Maximum 30 students per group. For groups over 30 conditions apply.

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    What to bring

    Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).

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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 - easy

    Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.