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Mountain landscapes: Blue Mountains

Stage 4 (Years 7-8), Geography, Katoomba area


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This adventurous Stage 4 (Years 7-8) Geography excursion explores diverse landscapes and landforms of the Blue Mountains. On a bushwalk, students will gather data using geographical equipment, and complete a field sketch of an iconic Blue Mountains landscape.

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On a ranger-led walk, students will examine different landscape features such as aspect and landform, and investigate how these features create different conditions.

We discuss the phenomenon of fire and how awareness of fire risk impacts the operation of the park.

Finally, students will gain a greater understanding of the interplay between human and the land, the value of landscape to different groups, and the levels of management in operation to protect this special place.

An optional session on Indigenous perspectives on land management, and the cultural value of landscapes is available.

This excursion is also available at Katoomba, Wentworth Falls or Blackheath.

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

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

GE4-5. Discusses management of places and environments for their sustainability

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


Students will:

  • Explore the diverse features and characteristics of the Blue Mountains
  • Learn about and discuss the geomorphic processes that created this impressive landscape 
  • Use geographical tools to observe and identify features of the natural environment
  • Examine the ways NPWS sustainably manages and protects the landscape, and learn the layers of legal protections
  • Discuss the extreme risk of bushfire throughout this region. Examine the suite of strategies in place to prevent and respond to bushfire events. 

Excursion details


Monday to Friday during school term.

2-2.5 hr
Medium. Guided bushwalk and activities on an uneven surface, including steep stairs and a boardwalk.

Prices start from $395 incl GST per group (up to 20 students). 

Meeting point
  • Wentworth Falls: Wentworth Falls picnic area at the end of Falls Road, Wentworth Falls
  • Three Sisters: Lilianfels Park, outside the coach drop-off zone, Echo Point Road, Katoomba
  • Blackheath: Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath
  • Other locations by request
Yes. Pre and post learning resources are also available.
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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